Box Office Report: ‘Despicable Me 3,’ ‘Baby Driver’ Take 1st and 2nd

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Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) in ‘Despicable Me 3’ (Photo Credit: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures)

Despicable Me 3 fell short of Despicable Me 2 over its first three days in release, however it still easily managed a first place finish at the box office. The latest film of the successful animated movie franchise opened about $10 million behind its predecessor, with 63% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes giving it a positive review while 2013’s Despicable Me 2 found 73% of RT critics awarding a positive review. Paying audiences also liked Despicable Me 2 slightly better, according to CinemaScore, as the second film averaged an ‘A’ while Despicable Me 3 earned an ‘A-‘ score.

Second place finisher Baby Driver surpassed pre-release estimates, ringing up $21 million over the three day weekend. Baby Driver got a jump on the weekend by cruising into theaters on Wednesday, June 28th, and has rung up $30 million domestically since its release. The music-driven action film directed by Edgar Wright currently sits at an incredible 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (192 fresh reviews, only 5 negatives).

Despicable Me 3 will only hold onto the top spot at the box office for one week as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017. No other major releases will be going up against the webslinger when it opens in 4,000 theaters.

Box Office Top 10: June 30 thru July 2, 2017

  1. Despicable Me 3 – $75,410,275
  2. Baby Driver – $21,000,000
  3. Transformers: The Last Knight – $17,000,000
  4. Wonder Woman – $16,100,000
  5. Cars 3 – $9,524,000
  6. The House – $9,000,000
  7. 47 Meters Down – $4,682,000
  8. The Beguiled – $3,259,740
  9. The Mummy – $2,785,260
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $2,411,000