'Despicable Me 2' Tops Fourth of July Box Office, Beats 'Lone Ranger'


'Despicable Me 2' Tops Fourth of July Box Office, Beats 'Lone Ranger'


Steve Carell and minions drive the Universal Pictures animation to the top spot with a record-breaking debut through its first five days.

Minions prove to be more charming than People's two-time Sexiest Man Alive Johnny Depp. For the three-day weekend, "Despicable Me 2" secures $83.5 million and an "A" CinemaScore to finish at No. 1 at the domestic box office, easily sinking rival "The Lone Ranger" which opens to a disappointing $29.2 million in a second place.

Released Wednesday, July 3, both movies saw different results for their first five days of release. While the $225 million Western flick, which is awarded with "B+" CinemaScore, has merely nabbed $48.7 million for Disney, the Steve Carell animation has collected $143.1 million, the biggest five-day start for an animated pic. It beats 2010's "Toy Story 3", which earned $141 million in its first five-day debut.

Last week's runner-up "The Heat", meanwhile, drops to the third spot with $24.8 million in its second run. Trailing behind the Paul Feig-directed movie is "Monsters University", which takes in another $19.7 million in its third week. Rounding up the top five is Brad Pitt-starring "World War Z" with $18.4 million.

As for newly-released "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain", it debuts to $10 million at No. 8.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for July 5 - 7:

  1. "Despicable Me 2" - $83.5 million
  2. "The Lone Ranger" - $29.2 million
  3. "The Heat" - $24.8 million
  4. "Monsters University" - $19.7 million
  5. "World War Z" - $18.4 million
  6. "White House Down" - $13.5 million
  7. "Man of Steel" - $11.4 million
  8. "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" - $10 million
  9. "This Is the End" - $5.9 million
  10. "Now You See Me" - $2.8 million


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