‘Despicable Me 2’ tops in US for a second week

Agence France-Presse
Minions, adults and gigantic robots rule ticket sales in the US

WATCH IT AGAIN. The Minions are lovable and fun to watch. Image from the 'Despicable Me 2' Facebook page

LOS ANGELES, USA – “Despicable Me 2,” a sequel to the 2010 animated blockbuster, led the US box office for a second consecutive weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The comedy, with Steve Carell voicing villain-turned-doting-father Gru, earned an anticipated US$44.8 million between Friday and Sunday, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

If those numbers hold up, the film will have earned US$229.2 million since its release earlier this month.

In second place was the sequel “Grownups 2,” about a group of middle aged men who reunite after the death of their basketball coach and spend the summer together reconnecting.

The film, a star vehicle for comedians Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, earned US$42.5 million.

The Godzilla-like monsters and skyscraper-sized robots in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” made a 3rd place debut, earning US$38.3 million.

Fourth place went to buddy flick “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock as a talented but haughty FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as a rough-and-ready Boston cop, with US$14 million.

The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp as the masked lawman’s iconic sidekick Tonto, fell from second place last week to 5th, with US$11 million in tickets sold.

In 6th place was “Monsters University,” a prequel to Pixar’s 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.,” with US$10.6 million.

World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt as a former UN investigator trying to save the world from a zombie invasion, took in US$9.4 million, good enough for 7th place.

Next was Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” about a paramilitary group that tries to seize the White House. It garnered US$6.2 million for 8th place.

“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” featuring material from a Madison Square Garden performance by the stand-up comedian, earned US$5 million, for 9th place.

Man of Steel,” the Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill, rounded out the top 10, with US$4.8 million in ticket sales. – Rappler.com

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