Despicable Me 2 tops UK and US charts

The sequel of 3D animation hit 'Despicable Me', chronicling the adventures of super-villain Felonious Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and the irresistible Minions, is topping box offices all around the world.

For the second week in a row 'Despicable Me 2' has placed itself right at the top of the British chart, earning £4m in the weekend alone, which brings the movie's total earnings in the UK to £23m. In the US, the adventure comedy directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud has also topped the box office chart, beating with its $143m grossing Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger', which now ranks second having only earned a total of $48.7m.

Considering the £355m grossed worldwide by the first 'Despicable Me' movie back in 2010, the sequel's current success, and that a spinoff film featuring the minions is already on the way, it's probably safe to say that the yellow henchmen have replaced the Smurfs as pop culture's favourite modern-day fairy creatures.

According to Pharrel Williams, who has produced the soundtrack for 'Despicable Me 2' together with Heitor Pereira, the success of the movie has to be put down to the directors' skills in foreseeing the public's future needs. He declared to the press:

"They predicted that this is where the world will be right now at this moment. The internet has been responsible for so much connectivity with us as a species, humanity, but at the same time, with all of the connectivity, there are a lot of great things you see and then there’s a lot of shock. People are becoming desensitized at this point. One day, there’s a train off the track. Next week, there’s another train off the track. It’s weird all these things. But again, you’re dealing with math. You’re dealing with seven billion people, so things are bound to go wrong."

"But what about the happier side of things? People have become so desensitized to all the tragedies and travesties, that as a species, we needed to go to a lighter place. These guys ingeniously predicted that that’s where this would go, and they used Gru, the guy who was least likely, if you look in your yearbooks, to ever be happy about something. They chose him to be the main guy with a good mood and attitude. I was so happy, pun intended, to express that for him. It’s been really cool because you wouldn’t think that that would work, but it did. Those guys are super-genius, and I was so lucky to be a sticker on that rocket ship."

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