Despicable Me 3 looks set to take the box office crown this 4th of July weekend. The third entry in the Steve Carell-starring franchise focusing on a reformed supervillain and his diminutive henchmen, the Minions, is looking likely to open in the $85-95 million range for the weekend, buoyed by continued passion for the franchise and solid reviews for the latest entry. That's a strong number for a threequel, and a box office win Universal is in desperate need of following the recent failure of The Mummy.
While Despicable Me 3 will be the big, family friendly draw over the holiday weekend, it won't be the only attraction new to theaters.
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Edgar Wright's highly anticipated action heist movie Baby Driver also speeds into theaters this weekend. Starring Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Kevin Spacey, the movie is getting rapturous reviews. An original idea that sees Wright exploring genres outside of his usual comedy work, Baby Driver is the director's first film since his long, acrimonious split with Marvel over Ant-Man. According to Deadline, Baby Driver has a chance to bring in as much as $20 million in its debut weekend, which would be a genuine win for a movie that only cost $34 million to make.
The other major debut this weekend is The House, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler about a suburban couple who take part in an underground neighborhood casino to raise funds for their daughter's college tuition. The buzz on the movie has been strangely muted considering it stars two of the biggest names in comedy, and its box office prospects seem dim, currently tracking to land somewhere around $12 million for the weekend.
As far as holdovers go, Transformers: The Last Knight looks set to continue the franchise's steep box office decline. The most critically reviled Transformers movie to date, The Last Knight is projected to suffer a 60 percent week-to-week drop, likely coming in below $18 million for the weekend. That would likely leave the domestic box office for the robots in disguise below $100 million for its first full week in theaters, a number the previous film, Age of Extinction, hit in its first weekend alone.
On the opposite end of the box office spectrum, this looks to be the week Wonder Woman becomes the biggest domestic moneymaker among the films of the DCEU, a prospect that seemed unfathomable just weeks ago. Wonder Woman's domestic total currently sits at $321 million, and is virtually guaranteed to surpass Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice's $330 million domestic total this weekend.
- Despicable Me 3 (2017) release date: Jun 30, 2017
- Baby Driver (2017) release date: Jun 28, 2017