Despi­ca­ble Me” Courtesy/​Illumination Enter­tain­ment There is a com­pa­ny that makes ani­mat­ed movies that are wild­ly pop­u­lar with fans and which the most mon­ey at the box office — and it is not Pixar. Illu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment has only been releas­ing films through Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures since 2010, begin­ning with “Despi­ca­ble Me,” and it has become a hit-mak­ing machine. Min­ions mon­ey, and sell lots toys, . The Min­ions and Gru and the gang return in “Despi­ca­ble Me ,” the lat­est megahit for Chris Meledan­dri, who owns and oper­ates the com­pa­ny with Uni­ver­sal. It’s his eighth film with the com­pa­ny, and con­sid­er the track record: Illu­mi­na­tion movies have aver­aged $274 mil­lion at the domes­tic box office, $674 mil­lion world­wide. Pixar? Close behind, at $265 mil­lion and $65 mil­lion, respec­tive­ly, but run­ning sec­ond, which seems remark­able con­sid­er­ing the brand and its fans of Pixar and humor. Illu­mi­na­tion has tak­en its movies’ brand of zany that tar­gets all ages, and it has hit the jack­pot. The high­est-gross­ing ani­mat­ed movie is 2015’s “Min­ions,” which an astound­ing $1.159 bil­lion world­wide. The company’s films have not achieved the qual­i­ty or Oscar– rep­u­ta­tion of Pixar, but they are no less beloved by […]