Universal got its “Despicable Me 2’ party started this weekend in Australia, and the box-office news from Down Under was upbeat.
“Despicable Me 2” opened to $4.3 million from 272 locations and, with $2.1 million from paid previews last week, its total gross in Australia is $6.4 million. That’s the biggest opening ever for Illumination Entertainment in Australia and 38% bigger than the opening of 2010’s “Despicable Me.”
“Despicable Me 2” opens July 3 in North America, but Universal released the film in Australia early to coincide with the winter school holidays that commence in parts of Australia on Monday and continue through mid-July.
In addition to its opening in Australia, “Despicable Me 2” had paid previews in the U.K. and Ireland this weekend. The film was No. 1 at the box office on Saturday, besting “World War Z and “Man of Steel.” The movie opens in the U.K. and Ireland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden and French-Switzerland next weekend.
The majority of international territories open with the U.S. on July 3 and over that weekend.