By Will Ashton
There is no denying that people love those minions. The holiday weekend found the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 in a clear lead with $82.5 million, making it earn $142.1 million in the five days it has been released.
This total makes Despicable Me 2 the third highest July 4th weekend debut ever, trailing behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.8 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($88.1 million). The sequel also became one of the top five animated debuts of all time, placing behind one of its rivals, Monsters University.
This means that Despicable Me 2 will be one of the biggest hits of the summer 2013 movie season, and considering that the film only had a budget of $76 million, this is a big success for the studios. The first Despicable Me, released back in 2010, was a surprise hit for Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment when it opened to $56.4 million, so its sequel’s success was no big surprise.
But not everyone is happy this weekend, as The Lone Ranger was only able to score $29.4 million. While the film has been able to make $48.9 million thus far, considering the film’s $215-$250 million budget, it’s a hard blow. Comparisons have been made thus far to flops like Wild Wild West and Cowboys and Aliens, and the film wasn’t even able to make the $38 million that the last Johnny Depp/Gore Verbinski western, Rango, was able to earn in its opening weekend.
Despicable Me 2 wasn’t the only success for star Steve Carrell, as his other film, The Way Way Back, was able to take in $575,000 in its limited release of 19 theaters over the weekend. The other success of the weekend is Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which was able to earn $17.5 million in just 876 theaters.
Next week will see the releases of Pacific Rim (review coming soon) and Grown Ups 2. They are both pretty high-profile projects, but will either of these films be able to shake Despicable Me 2 off of its throne? We’ll have to see.
Check out the full box office below:
|1.||Despicable Me 2||$82,500,000||$142.1|
|2.||The Lone Ranger||$29,430,000||$48.9|
|5.||World War Z||$18,200,000||$158.7|
|6.||White House Down||$13,500,000||$50.4|
|7.||Man of Steel||$11,415,000||$271.2|
|8.||Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain||$10,100,000||$17.4|
|9.||This Is The End||$5,800,000||$85.5|
|10.||Now You See Me||$2,770,000||$110.4|