Despicable Me Steals Top Spot at Box Office

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Universal Pictures had a good weekend, with Despicable Me, its first foray into animated features, lighting up the box office with an estimated $60.1 million in ticket sales. Good news, considering the Steve Carell-voiced picture was an unproven move for the studio, and carried a price tag of about $69 million.

A Happy Gru

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse held strong at second, dropping only 48.5% to add $33.4 million to its box office to end up with $244 million in worldwide ticket sales so far.

Robert Rodriguez' Predators landed third with an estimated $25.3 million, a decent take, considering the film cost only $40 million to produce.

In fourth place this week, Toy Story 3 held strong with a moderate 27% drop in ticket sales, adding $22 million to its take, for a four-week total of $340.2 million. And rounding out the top 5, The Last Airbender dropped a horrendous 57.5% to add $17.2 million, adding up to a total of $100.2 million, falling short of its $150 million price tag. 

Here's a closer look at the Top 5 this week:

  1. Despicable Me - $60,117,000
  2. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $33,400,000
  3. Predators - $25,300,000
  4. Toy Story 3 - $22,000,000
  5. The Last Airbender - $17,150,000

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Despicable Me Quotes

[Agnes looks at a fairground stall's prize, a unicorn plush toy]
Agnes: It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!
[the sisters try their hand at the stall, but lose]
Agnes: Gru...
Gru: Okay, MY turn...
[pulls out a multi-barreled blaster that destroys the stall]
Gru: Knocked OVER!
Agnes: [cuddling her unicorn in ecstasy] It's so FLUFFY!

Gru: [to the girls] You will not cry, or sneeze or barf or fart! No annoying sounds.
Agnes: Does this count as annoying?
[puckles her cheeks]

Despicable Me Review

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