“Despicable Me 2” left “The Lone Ranger” in the dust this holiday weekend thanks in large part to the adorable mischievous yellow minions. “The Lone Ranger” didn’t get great reviews but neither did “Despicable Me 2” (Entertainment Weekly gave both Cs.)
“The $76 million animated film from Universal and Illumination Entertainment crushed the competition in its first five days in theaters, earning a jaw-dropping $142 million — $82.5 million of which came in during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday frame. In fact, Despicable Me 2, which features the voice work of Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig, led the box office to the best July 4th weekend of all time. Over the Friday-to-Sunday period, the Top 12 movies grossed $220.7 million, which marks the 10th-strongest weekend in box office history.
“Despicable Me 2‘s $82.5 million start just barely beat Monsters University‘s $82.4 million debut (though that film opened on a Friday, not a Wednesday), and its $142.5 million start stands as the best ever five-day opening for an animated film ahead of Shrek 2‘s $128.9 million haul in May 2004. Like that film, Despicable Me 2 earned an “A” CinemaScore grade from audiences. Universal reports that crowds were 60-percent female and 55-percent below the age of 25 — the studio adds that 27 percent of viewers were Hispanic.
“We knew it was going to be hugely successful,” admits Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution, who says family business was “phenomenal” and made up “the bulk of business” She also points to the film’s prime summer release date and the fact that families were together for the July 4th holiday as contributing factors….
1. Despicable Me 2 – $82.5 million
2. The Lone Ranger – $48.9 million
3. The Heat – $25 million
4. Monsters University – $19.6 million
5. World War Z – $18.2 million”
Although we definitely plan to see “Despicable Me 2,” we were playing catch up and saw “Monsters University” this weekend. I’m not sure now whether we will see “The Long Ranger” after the bad reviews. I would love to hear what you guys thought. Is it worth our money? Would my 12 and 10-year-old enjoy it? Would my 6-year-old be afraid?
Did you take in a movie this weekend? Which one? How would you rate the new “Despicable Me?”