Despicable Me 3 opens to mixed reactions

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Despicable Me 3 the latest installment of the animated crime adventure series opened at the top of the North American box office amid great expectations.

However, in the midst of mixed reviews, the film fell short of expectations that the industry had in weekend ticket sales.

The film has Steve Carell voicing for the despicable bad guy-turned-protagonist Gru and his twin brother Dru – in the film.

The Universal film also features Kristen Wiig as Gru’s wife Lucy and South Park co-creator Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt, a former child star and evil villain whose fashion sense is suck in the ’80s.

The film roped in $75.4 million in its opening weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. This shows that the film will fall short of predictions that it would breach at least the $80 million mark.

Debuting in second place was hotly anticipated heist thriller Baby Driver, with $21 million.

In the film, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars) stars as 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 installment in the blockbuster series which raked in $17.0 million.

The film, which is heavy on visual effects, features actors Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro and Anthony Hopkins opened to what was by far the weakest debut in the franchise’s history.

Warner Bros. superhero action film Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian goddess-princess, earned some $15.6million, landing in fourth place and bringing the film’s total domestic ticket sales to $346.1million in five weeks.

Meanwhile Pixar’s Cars 3 cruised into fifth place, with $9.5million in its third weekend.

The animated movie features Lightning McQueen and his longtime friends fighting off a challenge from a new generation of racers, voiced by actors including Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer.