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This is a list of films from Illumination, an American animation film production company owned by Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal via its parent company Comcast. As of 2018, Illumination has released nine feature films, which were all released under the Universal Pictures banner. The company produced its first feature-length film, Despicable Me, in 2010. Their second production, Hop, was released in 2011, followed by The Lorax in 2012 and their first sequel, Despicable Me 2, in 2013. The 2016 releases of The Secret Life of Pets and Sing marked the first time Illumination released two films in one calendar year.

Their upcoming slate of films include The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), Minions 2 (2020), Sing 2 (2020), an untitled film set to be released in 2021, two more untitled films set to be released in 2022, and yet another untitled film set to be released in 2023.

Films

All produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy except as noted:

Released

# Film Release date Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Editor(s) Composer(s)
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Chris Meledandri, John Cohen & Janet Healy Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland & Gregory Perler Heitor Pereira
2 Hop April 1, 2011 Tim Hill Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Chris Meledandri & Michele Imperato Stabile Peter S. Elliot & Gregory Perler Christopher Lennertz
3 The Lorax March 2, 2012 Chris Renaud
Co-Director:
Kyle Balda
Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Chris Meledandri & Janet Healy Claire Dodgson, Steven Liu & Ken Schretzmann John Powell
4 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud Gregory Perler Heitor Pereira
5 Minions July 10, 2015 Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda Brian Lynch Claire Dodgson
6 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Chris Renaud & Yarrow Cheney Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Ken Schretzmann Alexandre Desplat
7 Sing December 21, 2016 Garth Jennings
Co-Director:
Christophe Lourdelet
Jennings Gregory Perler Joby Talbot
8 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Co-Director:
Eric Guillon
Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Claire Dodgson Heitor Pereira
9 The Grinch November 9, 2018 Scott Mosier & Yarrow Cheney Michael LeSieur & Tommy Swerdlow Chris Cartagena Danny Elfman

Upcoming

# Film Release date Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Editor(s) Composer(s)
10 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Chris Renaud Brian Lynch Chris Meledandri & Janet Healy Tiffany Hillkurtz Alexandre Desplat
11 Minions 2 July 3, 2020 Kyle Balda
Co-Director:
Brad Ableson
TBA
12 Sing 2 December 25, 2020 TBA

After the release of Sing 2, four untitled projects are slated for July 2, 2021, July 1, 2022, December 21, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Other films in development also include Despicable Me 4, an untitled Super Mario animated film and an untitled Pharrell Williams animated film.

Cancelled projects

Main article: List of unproduced Universal Pictures animated projects

Reception

Critical and public reception

 
Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Despicable Me 81% 72/100 A
Hop 25% 41/100 A-
The Lorax 54% 46/100 A
Despicable Me 2 73% 62/100 A
Minions 56% 56/100 A
The Secret Life of Pets 74% 61/100 A-
Sing 72% 59/100 A
Despicable Me 3 59% 49/100 A-
The Grinch 55% 50/100 A-

Box office performance

Film Budget North America Worldwide gross
(unadjusted)
Opening Gross
(unadjusted)
Despicable Me $70 million $56.3 million $251.5 million $543.1 million
Hop $63 million $37.5 million $108.0 million $184.0 million
The Lorax $70 million $70.2 million $214.0 million $348.8 million
Despicable Me 2 $76 million $83.5 million $368.0 million $970.8 million
Minions $74 million $115.7 million $336.0 million $1,159.4 million
The Secret Life of Pets $75 million $104.3 million $368.3 million $875.5 million
Sing $75 million $35.2 million $270.3 million $632.2 million
Despicable Me 3 $80 million $72.4 million $263.3 million $1,029.4 million
The Grinch $75–120 million $2.2 million $66 million $78.7 million
Note: Only grosses from the original theatrical runs. They do not include any home media releases. Grosses have not been adjusted for inflation.

Academy Award wins and nominations

Coming soon!

See also