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It’s a ‘Despicable’ win at the box office, again

“Despicable Me 2” held box office top spot this weekend but it was “Grown Ups 2”’s trouncing “Pacific Rim” thhas

“Despicable Me 2” held on to the box office top spot this weekend, but it was “Grown Ups 2”’s trouncing of “Pacific Rim” that has Hollywood talking.” | AP

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Weekend box office

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):

1. ‘Despicable Me 2’ $44.8

2. ‘Grown Ups 2’ $42.5

3. ‘Pacific Rim’ $38.3

4. ‘The Heat’ $14

5. ‘The Lone Ranger’ $11.1

6. ‘Monsters University’ $10.6

7. ‘World War Z’ $9.4

8. ‘White House Down’ $6.2

9. ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’ $5

10. ‘Man of Steel’ $4.8


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Updated: August 16, 2013 6:15AM

Universal’s minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row. With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2” and director Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-robots action flick “Pacific Rim.” The weekend’s No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made another $55.5 million overseas. That brought its global two-week total to $472.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sony was pleased with Sandler’s second-best movie opening of his career with $42.5 million in sales. (His best domestic opening was “The Longest Yard” from 2005 with $58.6 million over four days).

The third-place finish of “Pacific Rim,” with $38.3 million in receipts, represented a disappointing start domestically for Warner Bros. and partner Legendary Entertainment. Figures released by the studio showed it doing better overseas. The movie took in $53 million from 38 markets outside the U.S. and Canada, representing about half its overseas footprint. The movie had an estimated production budget of $185 million.

Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, took in $11.1 million domestically in its second week, falling into fifth place behind “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which brought in another $14 million in its third week. Stock market analysts predict Disney to book a big loss on the film.


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