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'Despicable Me 3' does box office happy dance as 'Baby Driver' races off with strong returns

'Despicable Me 3' does box office happy dance as 'Baby Driver' races off with strong returns

The Minions have done it again.

The yellow stars of “Despicable Me 3” catapulted the Universal picture to the top box-office spot besting fellow new releases — Sony’s “Baby Driver” and Warner Bros.’ “The House” — to start the Fourth of July stretch.

“Despicable Me 3,” from powerhouse Illumination Entertainment, pulled in an estimated $75.4 million in the U.S. and Canada. While anticipation was high for the latest in the computer-animated series, the film failed to meet analysts’ $85-million to $100-million expectations. Last summer, Illumination had a huge hit with “The Secret Life of Pets.”

The picture also did not reach the $116 million the 2015 spinoff “Minions”...

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