Posts Tagged ‘Illumination Entertainment’
Ice Age: Collision Course

“Pets” Drops to #2 at the Box Office; “Ice Age: Collision Course” Disappoints

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2016
Three of the top 10 grossing films this past weekend were animated, with Universal/Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets continuing its strong showing at the box office, taking the number 2 spot with $29.6 million in ticket sales for its third week of release, bringing its cumulative total to $260.98 million. Pets came in behind […]
The Secret Life of Pets

“Secret Life of Pets” Tops “Ghostbusters” at Box Office; “Finding Dory” Becomes Top-Grossing Animated Feature Ever

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2016
Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets took the top spot at the box office in its second week of release with ticket sales totaling $50.56 million (estimated), beating out the remake of Ghostbusters which took an estimated $46 million in its premiere weekend. And just below The Legend of Tarzan in the #3 spot […]

The Secret Life of Pets

“The Secret Life of Pets” Not So Secret After $104M Debut Weekend; “Finding Dory” Tops Ticket Sales for 2016

by Ed Liuon July 12, 2016
In its debut weekend, Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets took in a total of $104.35 million in ticket sales to handily take the top spot in the weekend box office race. The total also gave The Secret Life of Pets the most successful opening weekend for an original animated feature, toppling Disney/Pixar’s Inside […]


Inflatable Minion Breaks Loose, Terrorizes Dublin

by Peter Paltridgeon August 6, 2015
You can’t make this stuff up. A McDonalds in Dublin, Ireland was promoting their new Happy Meal toys with the use of a forty-foot-tall inflatable Minion tethered to the outside of the building. Evidently, not tethered enough. The Minion broke free in the wind and crashed itself right in the middle of Old Swords Road, a […]

Review: “Minions” Needs Less Story, More Stupid

by Ed Liuon July 13, 2015
The Minions were a favorite element in the Despicable Me movies, so it was only a matter of time before they got their own feature film. The good news about Minions is that the trio of them that anchor the movie are as adorable, idiotic, and hilarious as ever. The kids who will undoubtedly flock […]


Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]

Illumination Unveils Pets Project

by Alex Beanon January 25, 2014
Illumination Entertainment [“Despicable Me 2”] in conjunction with Universal Pictures has announced their newest upcoming 3D animation film project which, for now is known as “Untitled Pets Movie” and will have Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart in its voice cast. The plot revolves around Louis C.K. as the preferred dog of a Manhattan […]

Oscar Academy Awards

2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2014
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

Despicable Me 3 Set For 2017

by Alex Beanon January 15, 2014
The Minions will be back, as will Gru in “Despicable Me 3” – the third film in what has proven to be a lucrative franchise [the second film just opened in China on its way to making a $1 billion worldwide gross] – although it will not be for three more years. In addition, Illumination […]