Illumination Entertainment Animated Movies Ranked

2. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Illumination Entertainment Despicable Me 2

Budget: $76million
Worldwide Box Office: $971million
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal, Vanessa Bayer

About as good of an animated sequel as you can get, Despicable Me 2 not only offered more of what people loved about the first one – notably Minions – but also offered a little more information on the characters that populated the original and made it such a breakout hit.

Featuring the same level of great, modern movie animation on offer in the original and pushing home some of that movie’s key values regarding friendship and family, Despicable Me 2 is a faithful sequel worthy of its own praise. Unfortunately for this film however, it will always be living in the shadow of our number one…




1. Despicable Me (2010)

Illumination Entertainment Despicable Me

Budget: $69million
Worldwide Box Office: $543million
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Chris Renaud, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Jason Segel, Ken Jeong, Will Arnett, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Jermaine Clement, Danny McBride, Rob Huebel

The movie that started an empire is still the undisputed greatest release in the short history of Illumination Entertainment.

Despicable Me was a four-quadrant hit that made the kids laugh, made the adults laugh (and care) in totally different ways, and appealed to everyone in between who still remembered those innocent adventures from their youth.

Heartfelt, cute and creative, the original Despicable Me was arguably one of the more enjoyable animated releases of the decade and became a cultural phenomenon thanks to those pesky Minions.

There is simply no better Illumination release than Despicable Me, the movie that put the company on the map.

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This article was originally published on 2nd August 2018. Updated on 17th November 2020 to include Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets 2.

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