Universal Sets Illumination’s ‘Minions 3’ For Independence Day 2027 Frame; Franchise Nearing $5B Global

The bananas obsessed creatures won’t stop: Universal Pictures will release Illumination’s Minions 3 on Wed, June 30, 2027.

The news comes in the wake of Despicable Me 4 clearing $255M at the global box office following its July 3 opening stateside.

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Minions 3 is written by Brian Lynch (MinionsThe Secret Life of Pets films) and directed by Academy Award nominee Pierre Coffin, the filmmmaker behind the first three Despicable Me films and the first Minions film. Coffin has also provided the voice for the Minions since their film debut in 2010. The film will be produced by Illumination’s founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Bill Ryan (EP, The Super Mario Bros. Movie).

Altogether, the Despicable Me and Minions movies count a global box office close to $5B.

Illumination’s library counts more than $10B at the global B.O. The animation production studio has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures.

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