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Saturday 19 April 2014

Despicable Me 2 top 2013 film in UK

Despicable Me 2 has been a major box office hit

Despicable Me 2, featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, has become the highest-grossing film of 2013 at the UK box office.

The animated sequel is also the highest-grossing animated film of the year worldwide after it opened in the number one spot in 41 territories.

It has raked in over £42.6 million after seven weeks of release in the UK, and grossed around 435.2 million US dollars (nearly £277.8 million) internationally, pushing Tom Hooper's musical Les Miserables into second place.

David Kosse, president of international for Universal Pictures, said: "When we first saw Despicable Me 2, we knew we had something quite special on our hands. The Minions are a force to be reckoned with, and their mischievous nature and good-hearted sense of humour is what makes the film such a fan favourite.

"We're delighted that UK audiences have continued to enjoy it as much as we do," he added.

Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, Despicable Me 2 - which also stars the vocal talents of Russell Brand, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong and Miranda Cosgrove - sees the return of villain-turned-dad Gru (Steve), his adopted daughters and the loveable Minions.

The film is the fourth biggest animation release of all time in the UK behind Toy Story 3, Shrek 2 and Toy Story 2.

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