Despicable Me Franchise Passes A Rare Cartoon-Franchise Milestone

Posted 2017/07/09 0 0

"Despicable Me" series is an extremely lucrative franchise for Illumination and Universal.


The milestone comes seven years to the day that the first “Despicable Me” was released in theaters in 2010. After the series’ debut title made $543 million, “Despicable Me” hit its stride with a 2013 sequel that grossed $970 million, followed by the spinoff “Minions,” which grossed $1.15 billion. With a running lifetime total of $3.13 billion, “Despicable Me” movies make up 60 percent of Illumination’s $5.1 billion lifetime gross. The animation studio passed the $5 billion mark this past week, just over 10 years after it was first founded by former Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri. Check out the movies in case you are in mood for it!


1. Despicable Me

A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher) who want to make him their dad.


2. Despicable Me 2

Now that Gru (Steve Carell) has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he's trying to figure out how to provide for his new family. As he struggles with his responsibilities as a father, the Anti-Villain League, an organization dedicated to fighting evil, comes calling. The AVL sends Gru on a mission to capture the perpetrator of a spectacular heist, for who would be better than the world's greatest ex-villain to capture the individual who seeks to usurp his power.


3. Minions

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.


4. Despicable Me 3

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.