LOS ANGELES •Yet another highly touted movie has not matched Hollywood expectations at the box office.
Over the weekend, Despicable Me 3, the latest instalment of the animated crime caper series, debuted at the top of the North American chart, estimates showed on Sunday, but fell short of industry hopes in ticket sales.
Steve Carell voices the "despicable" bad guy-turned-protagonist Gru and his twin brother Dru in the Universal film.
The movie brought in US$75.4 million (S$104 million) in its opening weekend, noted industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, falling shy of forecasts that it would hit at least US$80 million.
Debuting in second place was heist thriller Baby Driver with US$21 million.
Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars, 2014) is a gifted getaway driver who suffers from tinnitus - ringing in his ears - and has to play music on an iPod to concentrate when he is behind the wheel.
Falling to third place after its debut weekend at the top of the box office was Transformers: The Last Knight. The fifth edition in the blockbuster series earned US$17 million.