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This is a list of films from Illumination (formerly known as Illumination Entertainment), an American film and animation studio based in Santa Monica, California, United States. As of 2018, Illumination has released 9 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, their third production The Lorax was released in 2012, followed by their first sequel, Despicable Me 2, in 2013. Illumination had two releases in a single year once: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing in 2016.

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

Films

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

Released

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

Upcoming

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

After the releases of Minions 2 and 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 58% 51/100 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 million $67.5 million $270.5 million $508.8 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