Box Office: 'Despicable Me 3' takes $4.1M Thursday



The trouble-making Minions and Gru returned to theaters Thursday night, with Despicable Me 3 taking in in $4.1 million in previews.

In 2013, Despicable Me 2 also opened over the Fourth of July holiday frame, opening on a Tuesday to $4.7 million in previews. For the three-day period, Despicable Me 2 earned $83.5 million, and it earned $143.1 million in its first five days over the holiday.

Universal and Illumination Entertainment's animated threequel Despicable Me 3 should have a strong debut of the long holiday weekend, tracking to earn $90 million or more for the three-day frame before racking up more big numbers on Monday and Tuesday, the official holiday.

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Recording artist Pharrell Williams (R) and Helen Lasichanh attend the premiere of "Despicable Me 3" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 24, 2017. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 27: Actress Miranda Cosgrove attends 'Despicable Me 3' Press Junket at Nikki Beach on June 27, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
Cast member Kristen Wiig attends the premiere of "Despicable Me 3" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 24, 2017. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Cast member Nev Scharrel attends the premiere of "Despicable Me 3" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 24, 2017. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Barney Harwood attends the special screening of Despicable Me 3 at Odeon Leicester Square on June 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Minions attend the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actress Tia Mowry attends the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Minions attend the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Minions attend the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actress Angie Harmon attends the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actress Kristen Wiig and actor Steve Carell attend the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actress Miranda Cosgrove attends the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Becky G attends the premiere of 'Despicable Me 3' at The Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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The third installment follows Gru (Steve Carell) as he meets up with his long-lost brother, Dru (also voiced by Carell). Together, they take on a diamond thief (Trey Parker).

Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which opened on Wednesday, is tracking to earn $20 million or more over the five days. It was off to a strong start Wednesday when it earned $5.7 million, including $2.1 million in Tuesday night previews. The film, from Sony/TriStar and MRC, stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx as a group of bank robbers.

New Line and Village Roadshow's comedy The Housestars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a couple that try to earn money to pay for their daughter's college by opening an underground gambling establishment. The R-rated comedy is tracking to debut in the $10 million-$12 million range.

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