Despicable Me

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

UPDATE: Maybe the World Cup final kept everybody home? The final numbers for Despicable Me ($56.4 million) and Eclipse ($31.7 million) were millions smaller than estimated. Most of the other top movies were off, too.


Eclipse didn't collapse. Despicable Me just plain towered over it.

The Steve Carell CGI toon ruled the weekend box office with an estimated $60.1 million Friday-Sunday debut.

Eclipse slipped to second ($33.4 million)—and, at the same time, rose to first.

The sequel is now the top-grossing member of the Twilight Saga, having passed New Moon. The race is still close, but at the same point in their releases, Eclipse has the lead: $237 million domestically to $235 million.

Other box-office doings: 

Predators, the weekend's other major new release, had a nifty debut. The $40 million action-sci-fi legacy act bowed with $25.3 million. Among Predator movies—and there are five of them now—that's the second-highest opening.

Toy Story 3 ($22 million; $340.2 million overall domestic) stands poised today to become the highest-grossing Disney/Pixar movie ever—a that's-saying-a-lot category if ever there was one. (The previous No. 1? Finding Nemo.)  

 • Eclipse ticket sales were down about 50 percent from last weekend. We could say that, by comparison, New Moon fell off 70 percent, but New Moon was a Friday opener, and Eclipse was a Wednesday opener, so there's really no comparison.

Worldwide, Eclipse's haul is now at $456 million overall.

The Last Airbender ($17.2 million) lost altitude, but continued to defy critics by hitting $100 million domestically—director M. Night Shyamalan's first nine-figure grosser since way back when people liked Mel Gibson (Signs).

• Adam Sandler's Grown Ups ($16.4 million) did what Adam Sandler movies do: Gross $100 million-plus. At $111.3 million overall domestically, Grown Ups is now the 11th Sandler movie to hit that milestone. (With a reputed $80 million million, though, it's not one of his cheaper productions.)

Get Him to the Greek ($707,200) saw its Top 10 run end after five unruly weekends, and a tidy $60 million gross for the $40 million comedy. 

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

  1. Despicable Me, $60.1 million
  2. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $33.5 million
  3. Predators, $25.3 million
  4. Toy Story 3, $22 million
  5. The Last Airbender, $17.2 million
  6. Grown Ups, $16.4 million
  7. Knight and Day, $7.9 million
  8. The Karate Kid, $5.7 million
  9. The A-Team, $1.8 million
  10. Cyrus, $1.4 million
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