hardLY ‘de­sPi­Ca­BLe’

Austin American-Statesman - - MONDAY BRIEFING -

It took noth­ing less than an at­tempted Moon theft to end a month­s­long los­ing streak for Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures.

“De­spi­ca­ble Me,” Uni­ver­sal’s for­mal en­trance into the an­i­mated fea­ture busi­ness, was a huge No. 1 at the North Amer­i­can box of­fice over the week­end with an es­ti­mated $60.1 mil­lion. The re­sult, partly driven by tick­ets to 3-D screen­ings, was far bet­ter than pre­dicted.

“The Twi­light Saga: Eclipse” fell to sec­ond place with $33.35 mil­lion. “Preda­tors” grossed $25.3 mil­lion to open at No. 3.

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