This week, the Despicable Me team releases a second trailer to entice Minion fans with a teasing introduction of Gru’s twin brother. The movie world is buzzing with the question, can #3 compare with the biggest animated hits of 2013 (Despicable Me) and 2015 (Despicable Me 2)?
The Minions and continuing adventures of Gru, Lucy, their endearing daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes return to theaters on June 30, 2017. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, Despicable 3 is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Steve Carell is back as the voices of Gru and blonde haired twin Dru. Joining Carrell and Kristen Wiig is Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winner Trey Parker, who is a co-creator of Comedy Central’s South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s is now obsessed with the role he played in the ‘80s.
In #3, Gru is terminated from the Anti-Villain League for his failure to nab a new antagonist Balthazar Bratt voiced by Parker. But once his long-lost brother Dru appears, Gru appears to get a second chance…or maybe not?
“Face it Gru, villainy is in your blood,” Dru tell his brother as they discuss their family heritage of villains.
Despicable 3 will be in 3D-CG and also stars Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews.
Will this movie mean third times a charm for the Despicable franchise? It could be if it follows the path of the Wolverine, Iron Man, X-Men, Captain America, the Bourne trilogies and Lord of the Rings. Last weekend Logan (Wolverine) earned $151 million domestically in its first 10 days. That compares to The Wolverine at $132 million and $178 million of the X-Men results at the time times. Forbes notes that “with $438m and climbing worldwide, it’s well above the $411m total of The Wolverine (in 2013) and the $373m…of the first Wolverine movie.”