Despicable Me 3 overtakes Transformers and Baby Driver at UK box office

the Guardian | 7/4/2017 | Charles Gant

With a sturdy debut of £11.15m, Despicable Me 3 had no problem knocking Transformers: The Last Knight off the top spot at the UK box office chart. It scored the third biggest opening of the year, behind Beauty and the Beast (£19.7m) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (£13.09m), and is the biggest animation debut of the year so far, ahead of Sing (£6.29m plus £4.2m in previews) and The Lego Batman Movie (£5.46m plus £2.45m in previews). It is also bigger than last year’s top animated openings for Finding Dory (£8.12m) and The Secret Life of Pets (£9.58m). The Jungle Book, which was significantly animated, began last year with £9.9m.

The Despicable Me 3 figure is slightly down on the debut salvo of Minions, which began in June 2015 with £11.59m, setting a record opening for an animation, if previews are excluded from consideration for competitor releases. Despicable Me 2 kicked off with £9.95m in June 2013, with previews taking that total to £14.82m. The original Despicable Me, which opened for the October half-term holiday in 2010, was much more modest, beginning with £3.66m, including £205,000 in previews. It’s notable that, beginning with Despicable Me 2, all films in this franchise (including Minions) have landed the same last-Friday-in-June release date in the UK – clearly a winner for distributor Universal.

Debut - £2 - £3 - Wednesday/Thursday - Previews

With a debut of £2.39m and £3.61m including Wednesday/Thursday previews, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has got off to a speedy start. Relevant comparisons are tricky, because Wright’s last film was The World’s End, which benefited from being the last part of his “Cornetto” trilogy (following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), featuring regular collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In any case, Baby Driver has opened a little ahead of The World’s End, which kicked off with £2.12m in...
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