Weekend Box Office Report: 'Despicable Me 2' Demolishes 'Lone Ranger'

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These past couple weekends have been dominated by family films—this weekend especially, there was just no contest between the new releases. While both films made it to the top of the charts, one did so easily, and the other is barely clinging to its spot, with holdout films snapping at its heels.

Perched atop the box office charts was Despicable Me 2, which pulled in an impressive $82.5 million on its opening weekend, with its cumulative gross totaling at over $142 million (as it was released on Wednesday). Any half-hearted doubts voiced by skeptical critics have proved wrong, as the film has not only topped the charts this weekend, but earned more on its opening weekend than the first Despicable Me.

On the other side of the spectrum is this weekend’s other new release, The Lone Ranger, which earned $29.4 million for a total of $48.9 million; this is around $5 million less than its predicted weekend gross, doing nothing for the film’s decidedly dubious reception.

Of the holdouts, The Heat brought in the most revenues—$25 million, for a sum of $86.3 million (once again, an impressive number for a slightly raunchy comedy). Monsters University was pushed down to the fourth-highest slot, earning $19.5 million for a whopping total of $216.7 million. Finally, the horror-thriller World War Z brought up the rear, making another $18.2 million for a total of $158.7 million.

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