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Illumination?s Despicable Me 3 claimed the top spot at the US box office over the July Fourth weekend with an estimated $72.4 over its first three days. The animated sequel is on track for a five-day take of just under $100 million, about $20 million below what Universal had forecast.

Arriving four years on from the previous sequel, it appears as though Despicable Me is also suffering from franchise fatigue. Back in 2013, Despicable Me 2 opened to $83.5 million for its first three days and had accumulated more than $143 million after five days in US cinemas. Despicable Me 3 is also below 2015's Minions themed spin-off that took $115 million over its opening weekend.

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After the Ant-Man fallout, filmmaker Edgar Wright wasted no time in dusting off an old script and getting a new movie into production. That film turned out to be the ultra-cool Baby Driver, and it came in second place with a very respectable $21 million weekend and should clock in around $34 million for the full five days. Baby Driver has delivered the biggest opening weekend for an Edgar Wright film in the US, and in a sea of franchises, Baby Driver offered something original and singular.

The last new entry came in at number eight with the Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy The House. Ranking as the worst opening weekend for a Will Ferrell comedy, The House rolled snake eyes with just $8.7 million for the weekend.

Wonder Woman continues her incredible run and has broken another landmark box office record. After just over four weeks in cinemas, Wonder Woman has grossed $346 million and counting in the US surpassing Batman v Superman's $330 million total. That's right folks; Wonder Woman has made more money domestically than Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, all of a sudden the world seems just a little less crazy.

Other notable box office milestones reached this week include Pirates of the Caribbean 5 reaching $700 million worldwide. The dreaded franchise fatigue strikes again with Disney's long-running series, just $165 million from its global haul has come from US audiences, which gives Dead Men Tell No Tales the lowest domestic total in the franchise. However, with more than $544 million so far from the rest of the world, a Pirates 6 isn't out of the question. The post-credits scene teased the return of an old foe and set up a possible sequel, but there's no escaping the fact that US cinemagoers are tired of this franchise.

Speaking of long-running franchises that US audiences are tired of, Transformers The Last Knight crossed the $100 million mark after its second weekend. Michael Bay's swansong from the series is more than $80 million behind the previous sequel (Age of Extinction) after the same amount of time on release. Much like those jolly Pirates, the future of the Transformers franchise rests on its performance globally. Currently, The Last Knight has racked up $329 million and has a long way to go before Paramount can breathe easy.

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