Magazine article Screen International

CinemaCon: Universal Shows 'The Mummy', 'Despicable Me 3' Footage

Magazine article Screen International

CinemaCon: Universal Shows 'The Mummy', 'Despicable Me 3' Footage

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Universal Pictures brought spectacular footage from Tom Cruise starrer The Mummy and invited Steve Carell to the stage to talk up Despicable Me 3.

Studio chairman Donna Langley kicked offthe session by congratulating Focus Features on its 15th anniverary and told attendees at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace how Universal just recorded its best first quarter driven by Fifty Shades Of Grey, Split, and Get Out. The latter two titles from Blumhouse Pictures have generated more than $400m worldwide.

Langley added that 2016 was the second most profitable year in Universal history, powered in no small part by Illumination's The Secret Life Of Pets and Sing, which combined for $1.48bn at the global box office.

The executive hailed Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri as a key part of the studio's family and the animation guru enjoyed a brief chat with Carell.

"There's a humanity to these movies," Carell said, referring to the franchise that returns on June 30 with Despicable Me 3. "And they're funny for adults and they're funny for kids and I think that is part of the appeal."

In the latest instalment, anchor character Gru meets his brother Dru. Carell explained that because Gru was a cynical character, he thought the brother should be earnest "and very giddy, in a way."

The comedian said he would record all Gru's words first before tacking Dru and regaled the audience with examples of how both characters spoke.

Of co-star and recent Golden Globes show co-presenter Kristen Wiig, Carell said: "She is never not funny. …

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