'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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