'Despicable Me' Holds Top Spot over Opening Films

Robert Pace
ET Online
'Despicable Me' Holds Top Spot over Opening Films

The minions drew masses of millions once again this weekend, as Despicable Me 2 maintained the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend, fending off opening films Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim.

The animated sequel, starring Steve Carell as the voice of "Gru," captured an estimated $44.8 million domestic in its second weekend of release to increase its domestic total to over $229 million.

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Meanwhile, Grown Ups 2 finished a close second, taking in $42.5 million for the sequel comedy starring Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and Kevin James.

The film's predecessor, Grown Ups, experienced a nearly identical opening in 2010, taking in $40.5 million (equivalent to $43.2 million today). Grown Ups eventually reaped $162 million domestic.

Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, finished slightly below Grown Ups 2 for the No. 3 slot. The sci-fi film, with an estimated $190-million budget, raked in $38.3 million domestic but saw stronger numbers abroad that boosted its worldwide total to $91.3 million.

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Finishing directly below Pacific Rim was the comedy The Heat, which crossed the $100-million domestic mark with a steady $14 million in its third weekend of release.

As blockbusters Monsters University (6th: $10.6 million, $237.8 million), World War Z (7th: $9.4 million, $177 million), and Superman flick Man of Steel (10th: $4.8 million, $281 million) continue to flourish, all eyes remain on the highly anticipated films that are shaping up to be box-office flops.

The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, gathered a meager $11.1 million domestic in its second weekend of release, inching its domestic total to $71.1 million. At its current worldwide total ($119.1 million), the film is nearly $100 million away from covering its $215-million budget.

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White House Down also experienced paltry patronage in its third weekend with a mere $6.2 million. The Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx flick's current worldwide total of $82.6 million also positions it nearly $100 million away from covering its budget.

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