Weekend box office: 'Despicable Me' triumphs over 'Twilight'

The animated, moon-heist adventure "Despicable Me" outdoes the vamps and werewolves of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" to become the weekend's No. 1 movie. Meanwhile, "Predators" gets a relatively decent start, "The Last Airbender" moves beyond the $100 million mark and some excellent indies have something to celebrate, too. Keep reading for more details on the weekend box office.

"Despicable"? Try profitable. (Universal)

"Despicable Me" raked in $60.1 million, opening way ahead of studio projectons. Though, really, this shouldn't be that much of a surprise. The movie has been promoted extensively, starting way back in February with a high-profile Super Bowl commercial. It appeals to families. And the reviews and audience buzz were strong. The Steve Carell-voiced film played a key role in the overall box office performance, which was up roughly 43 percent compared to the same weekend last year, according to Box Office Mojo. (more)

The official 'Despicable Me' website

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