‘Despicable Me’ is Now the Highest Grossing Animated Movie Franchise Ever

Image credit: Universal / Illumination

Move aside ogres, there are new bosses in town.

Despicable Me 3 has climbed past $US879.4 million in worldwide box office receipts, pushing the overall series into the top spot of the highest-grossing animated movie franchises of all time. Counting Despicable Me, Despicable 2, Minions and now Despicable Me 3, the 4-movie franchise has thus far made an astonishing $3.55 billion at the box office.

While all three Despicable Me films have been hits, it was the Minions spinoff/prequel that really pushed the franchise into the stratosphere. The film made a whopping $US1.15 million worldwide, giving Universal their most profitable (profitable, not highest grossing; the film had a budget of $US74 million) picture and becoming the second-highest grossing animated film of all time (Disney’s Frozen remains first with $US1.27 billion).

Illumination’s hugely successful franchise has surpassed the amount brought in by previous record-holding animated franchise Shrek. With 5 films, including the Puss in Boots spinoff, the Shrek films holds a take o $US3.51 million worldwide.

Other heavy hitters include the 5-movie Ice Age franchise ($US3.21 billion), the 4-movie Madagascar franchise ($US2.25 billion), the 3-movie Toy Story franchise ($US1.9 billion) and the 3-movie Kung Fu Panda franchise ($US1.8 billion).

Of course, the Despicable Me franchise is showing no sign of stopping anytime soon. Minions 2 has been given a U.S. release date of July 2, 2020.

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