‘Despicable Me’ takes in a not-so-terrible $60.1 million

<p>“Despicable Me,” a new family cartoon featuring the voice of Steve Carell, easily took the top spot at the weekend box office yesterday, virtually assuring Universal Pictures of a lucrative franchise with its first foray into 3D animation. The film earned an estimated $60.1 million across the United States and Canada since Friday.</p>

 

“Despicable Me,” a new family cartoon featuring the voice of Steve Carell, easily took the top spot at the weekend box office yesterday, virtually assuring Universal Pictures of a lucrative franchise with its first foray into 3D animation. The film earned an estimated $60.1 million across the United States and Canada since Friday.

 

Another new entrant to exceed expectations was “Predators,” a revival of a franchise originated in 1987 by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new film, starring Adrien Brody, opened at No. 3 with $25.3 million.

 

Last weekend's champion, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” fell to No. 2 with $33.4 million. Its 12-day total stands at $237.0 million, just ahead of the $236 million that its immediate predecessor, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” had earned in the same period last November.

 
 
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