Despicable Me 2 has biggest opening weekend of 2013 – and obliterates Man of Steel

Animated sequel smashes this year’s UK box office record, easily seeing off superman hit and Brad Pitt’s World War Z

It’s not often a reformed villain and a bunch of alien-like yellow minions will get to be more popular than the likes of Brad Pitt and Henry Cavill.


But animated film Despicable Me 2 hasn’t just beaten Pitt’s World War Z and Cavill’s Man of Steel, it has trounced them – taking the title of 2013’s biggest opening weekend, racking up more box office sales over the weekend of June 28 – June 30 than it’s competitiors by a clear £12 million. 

Despicable Me 2 – which stars the voices of Steve Carell as reformed villain Gru and Kristen Wiig as his sidekick Lucy – took £14.8 million in its opening weekend – the same weekend Man of Steel and World War Z both took just over £2.4million. 

The film continues the story of Gru, a villain-turned-good-spy and his (less than) helpful minion sidekicks.

Despicable Me 2’s closest animated rival in box office takings is Epic (from the makers of Ice Age and Rio), which took just over £90,000.

The popularity of the film has already set the wheels in motion for a minion spin-off film, which is said to have Sandra Bullock as a female villain and Jon Hamm as her inventor husband lined up to voice the parts.

See this weekend’s UK box office top ten:

Despicable Me 2 – £14,822,427

Man of Steel – £2,433,567

World War Z – £2,422,917

This Is The End – £1,390,323

Hummingbird – £206,731

Behind the Candelabra – £187,395

After Earth – £157,622

The Hangover Part III – £142,155

Before Midnight – £120,046


Epic – £90,210