While Minions fans everywhere are finally looking forward to the release of Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 1st, Illumination and Universal Pictures have revealed that in just two years’ time the little yellow chaos-creators and their reformed super-villain master will be back on the big screen again in Despicable Me 4. Steve Carell will be back to voice Gru with an ensemble cast including Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, and Steve Coogan. After waiting since 2017 for a new outing for the Minions and their master, fans will be happy to know that after this summer’s return, Despicable Me 4 will be rolling out on Jul. 23, 2024.
Obviously, it’s too early for any details on the plot of the new film, but with the main cast seemingly on board to return, along with Despicable Me 1 and 2 director helming the movie, there seems to be everything in place for another successful movie in the franchise, which has so far grossed over $ 3.7 billion worldwide.
Minions: The Rise of Gru recently released a new trailer during this year’s Super Bowl, announcing its new date after being delayed since 2020. The movie broke records at the sports event by being the first movie to feature trailers at two different non-consecutive Super Bowls, which cost Universal in the region of $ 12 million in total. Although it seems that Universal are throwing a lot of money at the advertising of the Minions sequel, which could end up coming back to haunt them, the fact that a new Despicable Me movie is already going into production suggests that belief in the franchise is still strong.
Despicable Me 4 Could Be One Of Illumination’s Most Successful Movies Ever
Illumination Films’ first movie release in conjunction with Universal Pictures was Despicable Me in 2010. The film was a runaway hit on release with Gru and his Minions raking in just under $ 550 million on the back of a $ 69 million budget. While subsequent movies Hop and The Lorax were reasonably successful, it was once again the Despicable Me franchise that blew Illumination’s profile sky high, with Despicable Me 2 and spin-off movie Minions pulling in $ 2 billion between them, while Despicable Me 3 also broke the $ 1 billion barrier, something that only the Despicable Me movies have done from all of Illumination’s releases.
With Minions: Rise of Gru finally being released this summer, there is no doubt that the world is ready for more Minions, and with Illumination also being behind the new animated Super Mario movie coming at the end of the year, this could be a big year for the company. Both movies will be looking to push box office sales higher than many other movies to have been released in the last two years. By the summer, it is expected that many of the restrictions still in place in relation to Covid will be lifted, and will be hoped that more people are willing to return to cinemas on a regular basis again. By the time Despicable Me 4 arrives in 2024, it could well become Illumination’s biggest hit to date.
Despicable Me 3 has pushed the animated franchise to $ 3.52 billion, beating Shrek as the highest grossing animated franchise ever.
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