‘Despicable Me 2’ makes July 4 record and minions of ‘Lone Ranger’, ‘The Heat’

Credits: Box Office Mojo
Credits: Box Office Mojo

‘Despicable Me 2’ makes July 4 record and minions of ‘Lone Ranger, ‘The Heat’

Head to head nation-wide debuts by “The Lone Ranger” and “Despicable Me 2” began on July 3 for a Fourth of July weekend amongst a domestic box office showdown. Movie-goers put a win column for Universal’s animated feature.

Steve Carell and Kristin Wiig gave an Independence Day theatrical offering “Despicable Me” that led to a box office record for the holiday. The two lead voice-actors and all minions saw a film benchmark of third place for the 4th of July.

On the domestic front, ticket sales have been able to reach an estimate of $142. million. From July 5 to July 7 $82.5 million came over the weekend. For a 4th of July weekend silver screen intake, that rivals second place holder Spider-Man 2 (2004) owning $88.1 million and the top winner “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) at $97.8 million.

It stands above “Transformers” ($70.5 million), “War of the Worlds” (a higher $64.8 million) and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (a lower $64.8 million), all listing in respective order.

The animation sequel from Illumination Entertainment led 2013s most recent July 4 weekend at the box office, topping rivaling debuter in theaters “The Lone Ranger” and “The Heat” at its second week out.

The western starring Johnny Depp and Arnie Hammer took in a far back $29.4 million and stood out over the latest action-comedy “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy that had a domestic continuance of $25. Million.

Neither has come close to the three biggest box office surmounts for 2013: “Iron Man 3” ($406.4 million), “Man of Steel” ($271.2 million), “Fast & Furious 6” ($235.8 million), “Oz The Great and Powerful” ($235.4 million) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” ($223. Million).

“Man of Steel” and “Iron Man 3” are not only the biggest of 2013, but the Robert Downey Jr. starring superhero flick also accounts for the billion dollars club at the worldwide ticket sales. “Man of Steel” has come to $586.8 million so far across the international positioning.

As a crowner’s list the largesse seen domestic for a box office weekend, “Despicable Me” just made the Top Ten, adjoiner to a list that begins with 2009s “Avatar” while it includes  2008s “The Dark Knight” and 2012s “The Avengers” within the Top 5.

(Box Office Mojo)

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