The long 4th of July weekend proved to be a really sweet time for Gru and the rest of the clan from Despicable Me 2. The Universal/Illumination title, which began its run in U.S. theaters on July 3, ruled the box office in the number one spot and brought in a spectacular $82.5 million during the three-day weekend, and a total cume of $142.1 million for the overall holiday period. The pic also posted the biggest 5-day opening for an animated film and the top 3-day animated opening in July.
The movie, which is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, continues to dazzle in global territories as well. According to Deadline.com, the combined international cume of the movie is currently at $293.2 million and is on its way to hit $300 million through Sunday. The sequel’s opening is among the top animated openings of all time in every market. Plus, the movie has yet to open in 18 more territories.
Meanwhile the Minions are also wreaking havoc on the itunes, Amazon and Google’s Play store. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first Despicable Me movie from 2010 was the No. 1 movie download on iTunes and Amazon as of Friday morning. The film is available to rent (starting at $2.99) and buy ($9.99) on both sites. Despicable Me was also the No. 9 rented title on Google Play ($2.99).
Sitting at the No. 4 spot, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University also continued to attract large family audiences to theaters. The pic, which opened on June 21st, has made $216.1 million domestically and over $400.5 million globally.
Here’s the estimated top 10 U.S. box office chart for this past weekend:
1. Despicable Me 2 (Universal)
3-Day Weekend $82.5 million, Cume $142.1 milllion
2. The Lone Ranger (Disney)
3-Day Weekend $29.4 million, Cume $48.9 million
3. The Heat (Fox)
3-Day Weekend $25 million, Cume $86.3 million
4. Monsters University (Pixar/Disney)
3-Day Weekend $19.5 million, Cume $216.1 million
5. World War Z (Paramount)
3-Day Weekend $18.2 million, Cume $158.7 million
6. White House Down (Columbia/Sony)
3-Day Weekend $13.5 million, Cume $50.4 million
7. Man Of Steel (Legendary/Warner Bros)
3-Day Weekend $11.4 million, Cume $271.2 million
8. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (Summit/Lionsgate)
3-Day Weekend $10.1 million, Cume $17.4 million
9. This Is The End (Columbia/Sony)
3-Day Weekend $5.8 million Cume $85.5M
10. Now You See Me (Summit/Lionsgate)
3-Day Weekend $2.7 million, Domestic Cume $110.4 million