Saturday, July 10, 2010
The Universal-distributed animated 3D fantasy-adventure Despicable Me, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Arnett, Kristen Wig, Russell Brand, and others, took the pole position at the box office on Friday, earning an estimated $22m (between $55m-$60m for the weekend) according to Nikki Finke‘s Deadline.com. (Note: the figures found in Finke’s piece are very early, very rough estimates.)
Now, the good news for Twihards (bad news for Twihaters): Eclipse should gross about $35m over the weekend ($11.5m on Friday) — or about 52% of what it earned a week ago.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.
The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, is currently in theatres.