This Day in Movie History – July 9, 2010 – Despicable Me Film Released

Following in the success of films like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, another successful computer-animated film was released by Dreamworks on this day in film history.

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Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, and his minions are on a mission in Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me.” The film tells the story of one the world’s greatest villains who meets his match in three little girls.

Following in the success of films like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, another successful computer-animated film was released by Dreamworks on this day in film history.

Despicable Me was released in theaters in the United States on July 9, 2010. Featuring the voice talents of Steve Carrell, Miranda Cosgrove and Russell Brand, the film focuses on the supervillain known as Gru, who adopts three young daughters as another supervillain threatens to crack an even greater scheme than his own.

The film, which also featured hyperactive characters known as Minions that became extremely popular, was a massive hit, making nearly $550 million on a budget just under $70 million.

A sequel was released last year, which was also a success. A Minions spin-off film is planned for 2015, and a third Despicable Me film is planned for sometime after that.


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