Weekend Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 2’ Has Not-So-Despicable Debut


Universal(NEW YORK) – Despicable Me 2 topped the Fourth of July weekend box office, bringing in $142.1 million over five days to set a new record for the biggest five day opening for an animated film.

The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer brought in a somewhat underwhelming $48.9 million over the course of its first five days given its big-budget.

Returning movies continued to perform well. The Heat dropped just 37 percent in its second weekend for third place, while Monsters University crosses the $200 million mark in North America for fourth place.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, a comedy performance film from Summit/Code Black Entertainment, grossed $17.5 million since its Wednesday opening, despite playing in only 876 theaters. It took eighth place.

Here are the top eight movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1.     Despicable Me 2     $82.518M      
2.     The Lone Ranger     $29.4M    
3.     The Heat     $25.0M      
4.     Monsters University     $19.6M      
5.     World War Z     $18.2M      
6.     White House Down     $13.5M      
7.     Man of Steel     $11.4M     
8.     Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain     $10.1M  

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