Everything old is Gru again.
Despicable Me 3, the latest story about reformed supervillain Gru and his wacky family, coasted to No. 1 at the box office, and the outcome was never in doubt. If DM3 was a wide receiver running for a touchdown, it could’ve started its celebratory dance 15 yards out. It earned $75.4 million over the weekend—a lot of bananas, to be sure—and more than tripled the take of its nearest competitor. And we’re not pulling on your leg.
Still, not everything is completely sunny in Gru-ville. DM3 actually came in about $10 million short of the studio’s expectations and $8 million less than 2013’s Despicable Me 2 earned in its first weekend. It’s just the latest sequel this year to disappoint financially.
Baby Driver, a high-octane R-rated thriller, roared into second place with $21 million. It pushed last week’s No. 1 film, Transformers: The Last Knight, down to third place. The latest Transformers flick earned just $17 million, bringing its North American box office tally to a rather disappointing $102.1 million. (It’s still doing just fine overseas, though, stuffing $327.8 million of international money in its metallic pockets.)
Wonder Woman is showing its age a bit, slipping to fourth and $16.1 million in its fifth weekend of play. That said, it’s the third highest-grossing film of the year with $346.6 million, trailing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by less than $37 mil.
Cars 3 puttered into fifth place with $9.5 million.