1. Despicable Me 2 (Universal) UPI $82.5m ($142.1m) (NE)
2. The Lone Ranger (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $29.4m ($48.9m) (NE)
3. The Heat (Fox) Fox Int’l $25m ($86.4m) (2)
4. Monsters University (Buena Vista/Pixar) WDSMPI $19.6m ($216.1m) (1)
5. World War Z (Paramount) PPI $18.2m ($158.8m) (3)
Despicable Me 2 toppled Toy Story 3’s record for an animated film’s highest ever five-day opening at the North America box office, grossing a whopping $142.1m over the extended Independence Day weekend. The Universal/Illumination Entertainment collaboration massively exceeded expectations, finishing the weekend $32m higher than market forecasts.
The long weekend’s other wide release, The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, could only muster a disastrous $48.9m over the five days. Gore Verbinski’s big screen TV adaptation now seems to have little hope of recovering its $225m production and marketing costs.
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s festival hit, The Way, Way Back, starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette, made its mark on the speciality market, grossing an outstanding $30,263 per-screen average. Fox Searchlight acquired the comedy drama after its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Next weekend sees the arrival of Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi adventure, Pacific Rim, and Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel, Grown Ups 2.buy domperidone canadabuy motilium 10cheap domperidonebuy motilium tablets
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