Curse, you, Minions, for being so adorable -- and for making me spend so much money at IHoP.
Finally, the word "despicable" has come back into common parlance! Years of watered-down Daffy Duck cartoons had us worried, but the popularity of the new animated film Despicable Me should get kids calling each other by this polysyllable in no time. Because if the box office is any indication, a lot of kids saw it -- the Universal movie made $60 million over the weekend, which more or less ties it with Kung Fu Panda for the biggest opening for a non-Pixar, non-sequel animated film. By comparison, fellow new release Predators only made $25 million, taking the #3 spot, and repeat earners Eclipse and Toy Story 3 took the #2 and #4 spots, respectively -- all sequels, by the way. How did a movie without a built-in fan base dominate the charts? Here are a few theories.