Despicable Me 3 is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination for Universal Pictures. It is the third installment in the Despicable Me film series and the sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013). The film is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
In the film, Gru teams up with his long-lost twin brother Dru in order to defeat a new enemy named Balthazar Bratt, a former child actor, obsessed with the 1980s, who grows up to become a villain after having his show cancelled following adolesence. Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove and Dana Gaier reprise their roles of Felonious Gru, Margo and Edith from the first two films with Julie Andrews returns as Marlena Gru, Gru's mother from Despicable Me (2010) and Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan return as Lucy and Silas Ramsbottom from Despicable Me 2. They are joined by Trey Parker (co-creator of Comedy Central's South Park), Jenny Slate and Nev Scharrel (replacing Elsie Fisher).
Despicable Me 3 premiered on June 14, 2017, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and had a theatrical release in the United States on June 30, 2017, by Universal Pictures in 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2017, the seventh highest-grossing animated film of all time and the 34th highest-grossing film of all time. It is Illumination's second film to gross over $1 billion, after Minions in 2015, becoming Illumination's first ever animated franchise to do so.