De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 smashes US hol­i­day week­end box of­fice

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

"De­spi­ca­ble Me 3," the lat­est in­stall­ment of the an­i­mated crime ca­per se­ries, smashed the North Amer­i­can box of­fice through the US hol­i­day week­end, tak­ing in nearly $100 mil­lion, in­dus­try fig­ures showed Wed­nes­day. The lat­est in­stall­ment of the franchise that opened in the­atres last Fri­day hauled in $99 mil­lion through the five-day week­end, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try tracker Ex­hibitor Re­la­tions. Steve Carell stars as the voice of "de­spi­ca­ble" bad guy-turned-pro­tag­o­nist Gru-and his twin brother Dru-in the Uni­ver­sal film.

It also fea­tures Kris­ten Wiig as Gru's wife Lucy and "South Park" co-cre­ator Trey Parker as Balt­hazar Bratt, a for­mer child star and evil vil­lain whose fash­ion sense is suck in the '80s. De­but­ing in second place was hotly an­tic­i­pated heist thriller "Baby Driver," with $30 mil­lion. Ansel El­gort ("The Fault in Our Stars") stars as a gifted get­away driver who suf­fers from tin­ni­tus-ring­ing in his ears-and has to play mu­sic on an iPod to con­cen­trate when he is be­hind the wheel.

Fall­ing to third af­ter its de­but week­end at the top of the box of­fice was "Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight," the fifth in­stall­ment in the block­buster se­ries which raked in $24 mil­lion. The film, which is heavy on visual ef­fects, fea­tures ac­tors Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, John Tur­turro and An­thony Hop­kins, and opened to what was by far the weak­est de­but in the franchise's his­tory.

Warner Bros. su­per­hero ac­tion film "Won­der Woman," star­ring Gal Gadot as the Ama­zo­nian god­dess-princess, earned $24 mil­lion, land­ing in fourth place and bring­ing the film's to­tal do­mes­tic ticket sales to $354.6 mil­lion in five weeks. Mean­while Pixar's "Cars 3" cruised into fifth place, with $14.2 mil­lion in its third week­end. The an­i­mated movie fea­tures Light­ning McQueen and his long­time friends fight­ing off a chal­lenge from a new gen­er­a­tion of rac­ers, voiced by ac­tors in­clud­ing Owen Wilson, Cris­tela Alonzo and Ar­mie Ham­mer. Round­ing out the top 10 were: "The House" ($11.9 mil­lion) "47 Me­ters Down" ($5.4 mil­lion) "The Beguiled" ($4.4 mil­lion) "The Mummy" ($4.4 mil­lion) "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" ($3.8 mil­lion) — AFP

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