‘Sing 2’ and ‘Minions 2’ Get 2020 Release Dates; ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Pushed Back

Universal and Illumination Entertainment are making some changes to their release calendar. In the wake of the enormous success of Sing, which has now grossed $429.7 million worldwide, Illumination has unsurprisingly put Sing 2 on the schedule. The follow-up film will again hit the holiday corridor, as it’s now slated for release on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020. Additionally, The Secret Life of Pets 2 has been pushed from July 13, 2018 to July 3, 2019, nearly a full year, and Minions 2 will drop on July 3, 2020 instead of July 10th.


Illumination Entertainment made a big statement in 2016, proving that the studio can succeed outside its lucrative Despicable Me franchise. The studio opened with that film in 2010 to solid success, but its follow-ups Hop and The Lorax weren’t near as successful. Illumination stayed the course with Despicable Me 2 and Minions, both of which did well, but last summer’s The Secret Life of Pets was a test to see whether the studio could launch a new franchise. To the tune of $875.5 million worldwide, they did, and this past December’s Sing solidified Illumination’s status as a bona fide contender in the animation studio world alongside the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation.


Image via Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment
The studio has Despicable Me 3 on the horizon, opening this summer with South Park’s Trey Parker voicing the villain. And they’re also diving back into the Dr. Seuss world with the Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted How the Grinch Sold Christmas, with The Cat in the Hat also in the works.


Quality-wise, Illumination hasn’t been able to come close to the high art of Pixar or recent Disney Animation output, but the studio has certainly struck a chord with audiences as evidenced by the ambitious release dates announced today. Check out their full upcoming slate below.

Despicable Me 3 – June 30, 2017
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – November 9, 2018
The Secret Life of Pets 2 – July 3, 2019
Minions 2 – July 3, 2020
Sing 2 – December 25, 2020


“Despicable Me” and “Minions” for Easter family fun

Easter is coming up soon. If you’re a parent who puts presents along with eggs and candy in Easter baskets, you can’t go wrong including the Blu-rays and DVDs with those lovable Yellow Minions and the three little girls that stole our hearts from the “Despicable Me” movies.


When the 2010 movie “Despicable Me” came out, there was a conversation online about who was the cutest little animated girl. It came down to Boo from “Monsters, Inc.” and Agnes from “Despicable Me.” Let’s face it, they are both adorable.

Despicable Me” struck a chord with viewers young and old and introduced the world to the little fun-loving and good-hearted Minions. As soon as the studio realized how much audiences loved their characters, they were quickly working on “Despicable Me 2” which was released in 2013. That was another success, and “Despicable Me 3” is tentatively scheduled for release in 2017.

However, before another film with Gru and his three adorable adopted daughters, the studio decided to make a film dedicated to the Minions who became overnight sensations with viewers. “Minions” came out last year and was another ratings success. It seems viewers cannot get enough of the yellow guys.


The discs all come with bonus features including mini-movies which are cute short antics with the characters. There are also cookie recipes and more fun with the cast and characters.

If your kids love Agnes, Edith and Margo along with Kevin, Stuart and Bob, you can’t go wrong with these Blu-ray combos in an Easter basket. And kids will love decorating their eggs to look like the minions. With “Despicable Me,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” movies, eggs, yellow die, blue dye, markers and imaginations, this Easter will be a fun and creative one for the entire family.

Comcast Says ‘Minions’ Is Universal’s Most Profitable Movie Ever


Minions,” the animated summer film starring three yellow creatures that don’t speak a discernible language, is the most profitable film in Universal Pictures’ history.
Steve Burke, chief executive officer of Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal division, told employees in a memo Wednesday that the picture was among three that each grossed more than $1 billion worldwide in 2015. That was also a first, he said.
The memo underscores the success of Universal’s relationship with Chris Meledandri, whose Illumination Entertainment produced “Minions,” the third film in his “Despicable Me” series. He uses animators in France and is known for delivering films at a lower cost than competitors.
“Minions,” which hit theaters July 10, took in $1.16 billion in worldwide ticket sales on a production budget of $74 million, according to researcher Box Office Mojo. Universal led the box office for the first time since at least 2000, buoyed by three megahits: “Jurassic World,” “Furious 7” and “Minions.”
Universal declined to comment on the memo.
Burke has previously said that 2013’s “Despicable Me 2” was the company’s most profitable ever.

When Does ‘Despicable Me 3′ Come Out? The Franchise’s Next Installment Could Conquer The World (Or The Box Office)

The Despicable Me franchise enters new territory on July 10 when its first spinoff film, Minions, hits theaters. Although Minions is centered on the now-iconic and extremely popular yellow henchmen from the first two Despicable Me films and features some stellar voice talent in franchise-newcomers Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and Michael Keaton, fans still might be feeling nostalgic for Steve Carell’s Gru and the rest of the Despicable Me gang. Even though a young version of Gru will be making a cameo in Minions, frankly, it’s not enough. We need more Gru in our lives, and it seems the only way to get it is with a proper sequel to 2013′s Despicable Me 2. So, when does Despicable Me 3 come out?


Unfortunately, we’ve still got a bit of a wait ahead of us. Despicable Me 3 isn’t slated to premiere until June 30, 2017. Yes, we’re aware that’s a full two years in the future, which is definitely fodder enough for a supervillain origin story. But before you start making plans to steal the moon, know this: when it does eventually get released, Despicable Me 3 just might become the biggest hit of the entire franchise. Here are a few reasons why.

The Minions Have Raised The Bar

Already the breakout stars of the first two Despicable Me movies, the Minions are only going to grow in popularity following the debut of their own film. Especially when you consider the fact that Minions’ opening weekend box office take is predicted be $85 million in North America, which would put it ahead of both Despicable Me‘s $56.3 million and Despicable Me 2‘s $83.5 million. No small feat, especially considering that the latter film went on to gross almost one billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

This Could Be Steve Carell’s Last Outing


While nothing is confirmed, IMDb claims that Despicable Me 3 might be the last go-round for Carell as Gru, the franchise’s star. Carell’s performance (along with the Minions) has largely driven the series to this point, so it makes sense that a lot of people would turn out to bear witness to his swan song.

‘Minions’ Has Officially Surpassed ‘Toy Story 3’ at the Global Box Office

As of yesterday, Minions has broken yet another box-office record (or two), and Illumination Entertainment has the Middle Kingdom to thank for that.


As reported by Deadline and Entertainment Weekly, Minions has done what most have either expected or feared (even both) and surpassed Toy Story 3 as the second highest-grossing animated film of all time.

The film bowed in China yesterday to an estimated $20.1 million (125 million in yuan), marking the biggest opening day for an animated film in that country (a title previously held by DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2). The estimated gains are also higher than that of Despicable Me 2, another Illumination film in the overall Despicable Me franchise (and one that came that close to being in the billion-dollar club itself).

It also helped that, even while this film and the rest of the US blockbuster offerings had to wait out China’s blackout period (where blockbuster films made and produced only in China are given a special spotlight), Illumination was still putting its marketing skills to work. The above picture is from one of those country-specific marketing stunts, where Kevin, Stuart, and Bob visited the Great Wall (they also pulled this stunt for Despicable Me 2).


Minions will only be in Chinese theaters for an allotted 30-day time slot, where it will face off against Sony’s Pixels, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, and Marvel/Disney’s Ant Man.

So now that the shock factor behind this news is out of the way (if it isn’t already), let’s talk about what might happen next. Specifically, could Minions possibly go above and beyond our rocked expectations and unseat Frozen as THE highest-grossing animated film of all time? I’m not going to say yes, but I will say that there is a possibility. The fact that it’s September and Minions is still breaking records at an unprecedented pace is reason enough to suspect that this film might be able to punch another hole in box-office history and end on the biggest upset of all before it’s out of theaters entirely.

Minions is currently in theaters. See Morgan’s review of the film here. Listen to the Animation Addicts’ review and discussion of the film here. Stay tuned for the next installment of our Rotoscopers Roundtable, where our writers and editors (me included) react to the film’s soaring box-office run.

Minions creator: they’re all male because they’re ‘dumb and stupid’

The man behind the box-office hit explains why there are no female creatures in the film

The breakout stars of the Despicable Me Minions films have turned into a box-office draw all on their own with Minions easily becoming the year’s biggest animated hit.


Pierre Coffin: Me and my Minions
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But, given their popularity, questions have arisen about the curious lack of female minions. Pierre Coffin, who created the characters, has revealed his reasoning. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are,” he said to the Wrap. “I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls.”

He didn’t explain how the creatures reproduce however. Coffin, who voices the three main characters, told the Guardian last month that their language comes from a mixture of sources. “It’s gibberish. It’s a mixture of all the languages of the world and it’s about finding a particular magical rhythm and melody that makes the nonsense make sense.”

Minions has followed in the footsteps of smash hit sequel Despicable Me 2 and has already made more than $620m (£398m) worldwide and is already the fourth biggest film of the year. As well as Coffin, the film features the voices of Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock. With such box-office success, a sequel wouldn’t be surprising, though there has been no official announcement on a sequel yet.

Minions movie review: What’s it about? Is it as good as Despicable Me?

Minions movie is out on Friday June, 26, but is it worth a watch? And is it as good as Despicable Me?

Minions movie

The Minions are back and this time, it’s all all about them.

Our favourite little helpers have finally got their own movie after winning over the nation in Disney’s hugely successful Despicable Me 1 and 2.

But will their spin-off film live up to expectations? Here’s everything you need to know about the new Minions movie which is out on Friday June, 26.

What’s it about?
For years, the Minions have served a variety of masters – the dinosaurs, the Ancient Egyptians, Dracula. Unfortunately, they have a habit of getting their masters killed.

Fast-forward to the 1960s and Kevin, Stuart and Bob are looking for a new master to serve. Their quest brings them to New York, where they discover the world’s first female super villain, Scarlet Overkill, and hope to be recruited by her.

It seems they’ve finally found who they are looking for, but after discovering how evil she can be, is Scarlet Overkill a step too far for the little helpers?



Who’s in it?
It stars Pierre Coffin who is the voice of the Minions, Gravity star Sandra Bullock who is the voice of villain Scarlet Overkill and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm who plays her inventor husband Herb Overkill.

Other stars lending their voices are Batman’s Michael Keaton, Juno’s Allison Janney, The Lorax star Michael Beattie, Eastbound & Down’s Katy Mixon, Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders and Alan Partridge’s Steve Coogan.

Is it worth a watch?
The Despicable Me minions prequel has been hugely anticipated, and whilst the lovable little helpers offer plenty of belly laughs, some critics say they work better as the supporting characters rather than the main attraction.

Others have said that whilst the movie was enjoyable with the Minions‘ usual babbling and other charming traits, the producers missed out on some golden opportunities.

But generally there has been a fond approach to the film, with reviewers recognising it is an innocent, colourful, silly and funny movie, perfect for the family.

‘Minions’ met Scarlet Overkill and Herb in ‘Despicable Me’ prequel

The Minions, co-stars of Despicable Me minions and Despicable Me 2 take centre stage in their very own movie.

The film traces the development of the cute yellow perils as they do their very best to serve some of histories most notorious masters.

The Minions, co-stars of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 take centre stage in their very own movie.

The film traces the development of the cute yellow perils as they do their very best to serve some of histories most notorious masters.

The film is directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

Kyle Balda says they are more than just creatures:“I think that when we worked with the Minions we were trying to give them lots of qualities that are quite human you know, they are not just creatures, they are thinking, feeling, they are mischievous. I think there is a lot of personification that people can project themselves on to them.”


Co-director Pierre Coffin enjoys the way they communicate:“The magic thing to them also is that they speak this weird language, but hopefully everything is understandable even though you don’t understand the proper words.”

Minion Kevin and his Minion mates Stuart and Bob go out in search of a new evil master and discover female super-crook Scarlet Overkill voiced by Sandra Bullock.

The film goes on release through June and July.


Despicable Me 2 Minions as Adorable Superheroes

Developed by graphic artist Kevin Lam, this set of illustrations combines the cute minions of the Despicable Me movies with comic book characters in the DC and Marvel universe. Specifically highlighting members of the Avengers in the collection, superhero adaptations include Iron Man, Superman, Thor, Batman, Black Widow, Green Lantern, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Spider-Man, the Hulk and Captain America.

With a release date set for July 3, 2013, Despicable Me 2 details the return of the Gru, a super-villain that ditched his evil life to become a father. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help take down a new new super-villain that threatens the world. Gru and the minions set out on another adventure to save the world. At the moment, the movie is receiving fairly positive reviews from critics averaging around 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The original Despicable Me was a huge success for Dreamworks taking in approximately $500 million at box offices all over the world.

Check out Lam’s adorable set of Despicable Me 2 minions as superheroes below: