July 7 The yellow minions of "Despicable Me 2"
upstaged Johnny Depp in the big-budget Western "The Lone Ranger"
to win the weekend box office race in the United States and
Canada, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
The animated "Despicable Me 2," featuring the voice of Steve
Carell, hauled in an estimated $82.5 million domestically from
Friday through Sunday. The movie from Comcast Corp's
Universal Pictures added another $60 million from Tuesday night
through Thursday's U.S. Independence Day holiday, for a total of
Walt Disney Co's "Lone Ranger," starring Depp as
Tonto in a reboot of the classic radio and TV series, earned
$29.4 million from Friday through Sunday, for a total of $48.9
million including Tuesday through Thursday sales.
In third place for the weekend, the female cop comedy "The
Heat" from the 20th Century Fox studio pulled in $25 million at
domestic theaters from Friday through Sunday.