Weekend Box Office Report: 'Despicable Me 2' Can't Be Beat

Posted 6:50 PM July 14th, 2013 by Logan Falk
Despicable Me 2

It seems that ill-contrived, raunchy humor and enormous, juiced-up fighting robots just can’t beat the appeal of a solid animated film—especially when that film is full of the antics of the infamous yellow minions. This weekend, the charts were ruled once again by Despicable Me 2.

The film earned another $44.7 million over the weekend, for a lofty total of $229.2 million; after being in theaters just over two weeks, it’s made nearly as much as the original Despicable Me ($251.5 million in the US), which remained in theaters for half a year.

This weekend’s new releases followed Despicable Me 2 fairly closely. It is a sad thing when an abysmally-rated movie can make more than a well-received film, simply because it has more big names in it. This, unfortunately, is what happened over the weekend, as Grown Ups 2 made $42.5 million (at least a good $10 million over its expected gross), while Pacific Rim made only $38.3 million.

The infinitely better-received (and arguably better-executed) comedy The Heat clings to the upper levels of the charts for a third week, making another $14 million for a total of $112.3 million; following it is The Lone Ranger, falling far from its second-highest slot last weekend, earning $11.1 million for a total of $71.1 million so far.

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