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”...