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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Jul 9, 2010 Despicable Me $69,000,000 $56,397,125 $251,513,985 $543,495,033 Play
Jul 10, 2012 Despicable Me Presents: Minion Madness     $0 $0  
Jul 3, 2013 Despicable Me 2 $76,000,000 $84,227,980 $368,065,385 $975,216,835 Play
Mar 10, 2015 Despicable Me 2: 3 Mini-Movie Collection     $0 $0  
Jul 10, 2015 Minions $74,000,000 $115,718,405 $336,045,770 $1,167,245,366 Play
Jun 30, 2017 Despicable Me 3     $0 $0 Play
 Totals$219,000,000 $955,625,140$2,685,957,234 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Dec 14, 2010 Despicable Me $200,179,114 $77,559,547 $277,738,661
Jul 10, 2012 Despicable Me Presents: Minion Madness $3,150,083   $3,150,083
Dec 10, 2013 Despicable Me 2 $130,485,345 $114,998,346 $245,483,691
Mar 10, 2015 Despicable Me 2: 3 Mini-Movie Collection $2,482,874   $2,482,874
Nov 24, 2015 Minions $49,102,663 $63,670,391 $112,773,054

Weekend Estimates: Pets Has Best Start for an Animated Franchise

July 10th, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets is storming to a massive opening weekend at the box office, with Universal projecting a $103.2 million debut for the Illumination Entertainment animated film. That’s just shy of the $115.7 million made by Minions this weekend last year, and the best opening ever by a non-sequel or spin-off animated film. This performance is particularly significant for Illumination, because it’s their first blockbuster from outside the Despicable Me universe. More...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - A Spoiler-Free, and Detail-Free, Review

April 3rd, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Despite what the box office numbers would indicate, there are some people who have never seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. [Copy Ed: Some of us have never seen any Star Wars movie]. Because of that, we are going to have two reviews. The first is going to contain absolutely no spoilers... okay, just one spoiler. The big boat sinks in the end. ... On the one hand, I feel the need to apologize for that joke. On the other hand, I will never not find that joke funny. So how do you do a review without a single spoiler? Simple, nothing but lists. I will rank The Force Awakens in a trio of lists. How does this film compare to others in the Star Wars Franchise? How does it compare to the biggest hits of 2015? And finally, how does it compare to the biggest all-time hits? More...

Home Market Releases for December 8th, 2015

December 7th, 2015


It is both a good week and a bad week on the home market. The top two releases are Ant-Man and Minions, which made more than $500 million and $1 billion globally, respectively. It's rare you get a one-two punch like that on top. However, the competition for those two films is much, much weaker. The third best-selling release, according to, is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Box Set. It looks amazing, which is why it led this years Holiday Gift Guide, but I'm not sure there are a lot of people who will be willing to spend $200 on a box set when they likely own all or most of the movies. Beyond that, there's mostly TV on DVD releases. The competition for Pick of the Week is also not very deep with Ant-Man coming out on top. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Minions

December 7th, 2015


Minions is one of the four, probably soon-to-be five films that earned more than $1 billion worldwide this year. Impressive. When I first heard they were making a spin-off of the Despicable Me films, I was not shocked in the least. Those two films were monster hits and were loved by critics. However, I was worried this movie wouldn't live up to its predecessors, because a little Minions goes a long way. Could they handle a movie to themselves? Or do they work better providing comic relief for the main characters? More...

2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part I

November 27th, 2015

MCU Phase 2

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. This week we will tackle first run releases, as well as franchise box sets. I'm going to try to keep it to a dozen or so releases, as these columns are notorious for getting out of hand. Also, while there were a record number of $1 billion box office hits, there were not as many first run releases that earned stellar reviews this year. More...

Weekend Estimates: Ant-Man Misses Out, Trainwreck Breaks Out

July 19th, 2015


Perhaps we’re seeing the first signs of multiplex fatigue? In the midst of a buoyant Summer at the movies, Ant-Man will debut with around $58 million, according to Sunday estimates, about 10% below expectations, and well short of the $94 million earned by Guardians of the Galaxy this time last year. It’s a very good opening, to be sure, but the second slightly disappointing debut from the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year, after The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s $191 million opening weekend back in May. We’re talking disappointment of the level of seeing Babe Ruth only hit one home run in a game here, so we need to put things in perspective. It’s the twelfth straight $50 million-plus opening for the franchise in seven years—an unprecedented box office run. More...

Home Market Numbers: Life's A Beach

July 14th, 2015

Teen Beach 2

The list of new releases for June 23rd was not good and the best DVD release, Teen Beach 2, wasn't even released on Blu-ray. This left holdovers on top of the DVD and Blu-ray chart for June 28th and The Kingsman: Secret Service claimed top spot with 198,000 units / $3.41 million units for the week for totals of 1.11 million units / $17.84 million after three weeks of release. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Minions Top $100 Million?

July 9th, 2015


Of the three wide releases this week, only Minions is dominating the box office tracking. Unfortunately, its reviews are nowhere near as strong as they were at the beginning of the month. Even worse, they are twice as good as the reviews for Self/Less and The Gallows. The Gallows should earn a spot in the top five during its opening weekend, but the prospects for Self/Less are not as good. This weekend last year, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened with $72.61 million. Minions should crush that number. Also, last year only three films earned more than $10 million over the weekend, while this year, the top five should do the same. 2015 should earn a solid win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2015 Preview: July

July 1st, 2015


June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out. More...

Home Market Numbers: Fifty Shades Continues its Perfect Run

June 4th, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey

The second major change in news articles this week is the consolidation of the home market columns and using the Combined DVD and Blu-ray Sales Chart. It is kind of a bad week for this change, as the new releases were a disappointment; 50 Shades of Grey remained on top on both the Blu-ray sales chart and the DVD sales chart. It sold an additional 896,000 units and generated $15.82 million for the week giving it totals of 2.27 million units / $40.20 million. More...

DVD Sales: Five Armies Completes Three Weeks on Top

May 15th, 2015

None of the new releases were able to top the DVD sales chart leaving The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in first place with 73,000 units / $1.10 million over the week for a total of 1.13 million units / $16.92 million. More...

Featured 3D Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Boxtrolls

January 18th, 2015

The Boxtrolls was a September release that earned good reviews, especially for a September release. However, it failed to meet expectations at the box office. On the other hand, it has done very well with Awards Season voters. Is it as bad as its box office would indicate? Is it as good as its Oscar nomination would indicate? Or is it somewhere in-between? More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Despicable Me 2

December 9th, 2013

Despicable Me came out in 2010 and it was the first digitally animated film released by Universal. There was a lot of pressure to do well, because its level of success would not only determine if more Despicable Me movies would be made, but if the studio would continue to release digitally animated films in general. It beat expectations. Not only was it a great movie, but it earned more than $500 million worldwide on a $69 million budget. Needless to say, Despicable Me 2 was given the greenlight right away. However, can it live up to its predecessor? If not, is it still worth checking out? More...

Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Steve Carell 4 Gru $2,685,957,234 $5,874,044,594 45.7%
Pierre Coffin 4 The Minions $2,685,957,234 $2,685,957,234 100.0%
Kristen Wiig 3 Lucy $1,518,711,868 $6,030,340,443 25.2%
Miranda Cosgrove 3 Margo $1,518,711,868 $1,650,657,171 92.0%
Russell Brand 3 Dr. Nefario $1,518,711,868 $2,609,298,255 58.2%
Dana Gaier 3 Edith $1,518,711,868 $1,518,711,868 100.0%
Julie Andrews 2 Gru's Mom $543,495,033 $4,374,883,242 12.4%
Steve Coogan 2 Professor Flux/Tower Guard $1,167,245,366 $4,511,135,158 25.9%
Elsie Fisher 2 Agnes $1,518,711,868 $1,564,419,792 97.1%
Michael Beattie 2 VNC Announcer/Walter Jr. $1,167,245,366 $2,509,758,994 46.5%
Ken Jeong 2 Floyd $1,518,711,868 $4,639,429,695 32.7%
Chris Renaud 2 Dave the Minion $1,518,711,868 $3,371,614,694 45.0%
Ava Acres 2 Additional Voice $2,142,462,201 $3,489,940,694 61.4%
Lori Alan 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $4,519,633,298 47.4%
John Cygan 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $4,306,956,465 49.7%
Andy Nyman 2 Clive $1,167,245,366 $1,384,657,075 84.3%
Jess Harnell 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $7,692,096,143 27.9%
Danny Mann 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $6,791,092,064 31.5%
Mona Marshall 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $4,432,000,784 48.3%
Mickie McGowan 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $10,020,477,444 21.4%
Laraine Newman 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $6,097,969,992 35.1%
Jan Rabson 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $5,411,214,773 39.6%
James Kevin Ward 2 Additonal Voice $2,142,462,201 $3,018,420,509 71.0%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
Pierre Coffin 4 Director (4) $2,685,957,234 $2,685,957,234 100.0%
Christopher Meledandri 4 Producer (4) $2,685,957,234 $6,569,684,369 40.9%
Chris Renaud 4 Director (2)
Executive Producer (2)
$2,685,957,234 $4,772,594,152 56.3%
Janet Healy 4 Producer (4) $2,685,957,234 $6,044,464,687 44.4%
Eric Guillon 4 Production Designer (2)
Character Designer (2)
Art Director (1)
Co-Director (1)
$2,685,957,234 $4,538,860,060 59.2%
Heitor Pereira 4 Composer (4) $2,685,957,234 $4,733,173,933 56.7%
Cinco Paul 3 Screenwriter (3) $1,518,711,868 $3,284,656,331 46.2%
Ken Daurio 3 Screenwriter (3) $1,518,711,868 $3,284,656,331 46.2%
Robert Taylor 3 Associate Producer (3) $2,685,957,234 $4,538,860,060 59.2%
Kyle Balda 2 Director (2) $1,167,245,366 $1,518,222,119 76.9%
Yarrow Cheney 2 Production Designer (2) $1,518,711,868 $2,816,699,533 53.9%
Gregory Perler 2 Editor (2) $1,518,711,868 $3,498,863,464 43.4%
Sergio Pablos 2 Executive Producer (1)
Story Creator (1)
Based on Characters by (1)
$543,495,033 $543,495,033 100.0%
Pharrell Williams 2 Original Songs and Themes (2)
Composer (1)
$1,518,711,868 $1,765,339,951 86.0%
Carter Goodrich 2 Character Designer (2) $1,518,711,868 $2,337,193,721 65.0%
Claire Dodgson 2 Associate Editor (1)
Editor (1)
$2,142,462,201 $2,583,921,271 82.9%
Pierre Avon 2 Supervising Animator (2) $2,142,462,201 $2,768,429,966 77.4%
Laurent De La Chapelle 2 Animation Supervisor (1)
Technical Animation Supervisor (1)
$2,142,462,201 $3,018,420,509 71.0%
Emmanuel Vergne 2 Supervising Animator (1)
Animation Supervisor (1)
$2,142,462,201 $3,018,420,509 71.0%
Paul Mager 2 Set Designer (2) $2,142,462,201 $3,018,420,509 71.0%
Loic Rastout 2 Set Designer (2) $2,142,462,201 $2,768,429,966 77.4%