'Despicable Me' tops Friday with $21.7 mil

'Eclipse' adds $11 mil for $214.7 mil cume

Universal's 3D animated feature "Despicable Me" -- a potential boxoffice champ this weekend -- proved pretty lovable for moviegoers in its first day of release on Friday.

The family comedy rung up a nifty $21.7 million during its first day in release. That topped the daily rankings and put "Despicable" on track for a much better than expected three-day opening of more than $50 million, with Saturday and Sunday matinees certain to bolster its weekend success.

Summit Entertainment's threequel "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" took second place on Friday, with its $11 million daily tally making for $214.7 million in cumulative boxoffice through its first 10 days in theaters. The vampire romance's immediate franchise predecessor -- "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" -- registered $230.9 million during its first 10 days in release last November, part of a $296.6 million domestic run.

Elsewhere on Friday, Fox's R-rated horror thriller "Predators" opened with a solid $10.5 million in third place. The Adrien Brody starrer is likely to hunt down $25 million or more through Sunday.

Disney's 3D tooner "Toy Story 3" grossed $6.8 million in fourth place on Friday to lift the leggy dramedy's cume to an impressive $325 million.

Paramount's 3D live-action kids fantasy "The Last Airbender" -- which like "Eclipse" entered its second weekend on Friday -- flew to $5.3 million in fifth place on the day for a nine-day cume of $88.4 million.