Universal and Illumination Entertainment's box office hit Despicable Me 2 holds onto the top spot on the box office charts in its second weekend, beating out Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and Sony’s Grown Ups 2.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's box office hit Despicable 2 held onto the top spot on the box office charts in its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million. The 3D animated feature also came in number one internationally, grossing $55.7 million for a foreign total of $243.2 million and a worldwide total of $472.4 million.
In second place, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, financed for $190 million by Legendary Pictures and distribution and marketing partner Warner Bros., opened to $38.3 million at the North American box office. IMAX venues accounted for $7.3 million in ticket sales. Overseas, the 3D tentpole feature, which pits giant robots against alien monsters, took in $53 million for a worldwide total of $91.3 million.
Sony's Grown Ups 2 opened to $42.5 million, placing third on the domestic box office charts.
Fox's Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat came in fourth in its third outing, jumping the $100 million mark and ending the weekend with a North American total of $112.4 million.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger came in fifth, taking in $11.1 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $77.1 million. Overseas, the big-budget feature brought in $12.7 million for an international total of $48 million and worldwide total of $119.1 million.
Disney and Pixar's Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon, came in sixth over its fourth weekend out, taking in $10.6 million. The animated prequel has so far grossed an estimated $237.8 million.
In seventh place, Paramount’s zombie feature World War Z, produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, brought in $9.4 million for a domestic total of $177.1 million.
Director Roland Emmerich's White House Down came in eighth place over its third weekend at the box office, bringing in $6.2 million for a domestic total of $63 million.
Standup comedy feature Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, from Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, came in ninth during its sophomore weekend, earning $5 million for a domestic total of $26.4 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10 is Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel. The film made $4.8 million in in its fifth weekend out for a domestic total of $281 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.