Box-Office Preview: 'Despicable Me 3' Eyes $90M-Plus July Fourth Debut
Elsewhere, Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' should be a big winner in the holiday parade, while Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler's 'The House' may fizzle quickly.
Look for Gru and his devoted minions to light up the July Fourth holiday box office.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's animated threequel Despicable Me 3 should ignite plenty of fireworks in its debut at the box office this weekend. Showing no signs of sequel slowdown, the animated tentpole is tracking to open at $90 million or more for the three-day frame before racking up more big numbers on Monday and Tuesday, the official holiday.
Despicable Me 3 follows Gru (Steve Carell) as he meets up with his long-lost and very rich brother, Dru (also voiced by Carell). Together, they take on a diamond thief (Trey Parker).
The other big winner of the weekend could be Edgar Wright's critically acclaimed Baby Driver from Sony/TriStar and MRC, which opened Wednesday to a strong $5.7 million, including $2.1 million in Tuesday night previews. The R-rated heist thriller hopes to serve as counterprogramming to more standard popcorn fare, with Sony pegging the movie's net budget at a modest $34 million before marketing.
Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal and Eiza Gonzalez star alongside Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx in Baby Driver. The movie is tipped to post a five-day debut of $20 million or more.
The weekend's third new offering, New Line and Village Roadshow's The House, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, isn't likely to set off many fireworks. The R-rated comedy, about a couple who tries to solve their financial woes by opening a gambling parlor, is tracking to debut in the $10 million-$12 million range.
June 29, 8:30 a.m. Updated with Wednesday numbers for Baby Driver.