So, what exactly happened here? More importantly, what does this mean for the future of studio filmmaking? It’s easy to imagine Hollywood looking at what happened this summer and learning plenty of lessons; but, maybe, not always the right ones.
What's more powerful than a bunch of giant robots and giant monsters? What's more powerful than Adam Sandler and all his buddies? This weekend gave us a definitive answer: a lovable supervillain voiced by Steve Carell. 'Despicable Me 2' triumphed at the box office for the second week in a row, beating out newcomers like 'Grown Ups 2' and 'Pacific Rim' and making it look easy.
The Minions made millions … and they are looking for more.
‘Despicable Me 2’ demolished the competition over the July 4 weekend, building off the success of the first film and banking an estimated $142.1 million to win the holiday frame. Universal obviously has a monster franchise on its hands (the original ‘Despicable’ earned $543 million worldwide back in 2010), and it intends on keeping the party going – but this ‘Despicable Me 3' might not be what you thought it was going to be.
Which would you expect to win the Fourth of July weekend: the Disney-produced, Johnny Depp-starring revival of an iconic American hero or the sequel to a French-made, Steve Carell-starring animated movie about a lovable supervillain? Well, it looks like American audiences simply aren't interested in westerns, even the uber-expensive ones starring Captain Jack Sparrow with a bird on his head. 'Despicable Me 2' destroyed 'The Lone Ranger' over the holiday weekend. Like, totally wrecked it. Mercilessly.
What separates a villain from a supervillain? It's simple: the scope, ambition and sheer, unbridled lunacy of their evil plans. A villain is practical and smart, and thinks ahead. A supervillain is dramatic and insane, and wants everyone in the world to acknowledge his or her demented genius
This 4th of July weekend is one of the biggest of the year, and 2013's edition brings two heavy hitters to theaters: 'Despicable Me 2' and 'The Lone Ranger.' So which film are you cooling off with this week?
I am not a monster. I want to be very clear and upfront about this. Yes, those little squibbling yellow marshmallows called “minions” in 'Despicable Me' and 'Despicable Me 2' are adorable. I don't care how much of a tough guy you think you are, when these little buggers are vrooming about the screen and warbling and wobbling and making exaggerated facial expressions; it is biologically impossible for a human being not to smile. They're wonderful and the design team that creates them (and the scientists who code the array of imaging rendering computers) should all continue to take a bow. With this qualifier out of the way, allow me to warn anyone over the age of 10 or 11 that 'Despicable Me 2' stinks.
Universal has released a new clip from its upcoming animated film 'Despicable Me 2.' In the clip above, Steve Carell's villainous Gru character and his companion, voiced by the amazing Kristen Wiig, get a little rescue help from those adorable minions. The tiny yellow guys get into their typical shenanigans behind the wheel of a car. Watch out Vin Diesel, the minions may be coming for your 'Fast and Furious' job.
In one of the strangest exits in recent memory, Al Pacino has left the production of 'Despicable Me 2,' which is set to hit theaters July 3. But it was just announced that Benjamin Bratt is replacing him. They'll have to work pretty quick if they want to hit theaters exactly two months from today.
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