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Weekend Box Office: Despicable Me 2 Dazzles, The Lone Ranger Is A 4th of July Dud

Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 stole the show this weekend following a highly successful early July 4th holiday opening. Gru and his wildly popular minion crew outdid themselves with an $82 million debut, well beyond the $56 million opening for the first movie back in 2010.

Adding in the two early days of holiday showings and the sequel's $142 million total for its first five days is the highest for an animated movie, just edging out Toy Story 3's $141 million five-day gross.

While the first place winner was a major success, second place was pure tragedy. The Lone Ranger rode in on a dead horse, banking just $29 million for a distant second place. Over the five-day holiday Ranger banked just $48 million, a distressing number in comparison to the movie's hefty $215 million budget. Even with international sales rolled in, the movie has yet to break the $100 million mark, making it a likely candidate for summer's biggest dud.

Kevin Hart's comedy special Let Me Explain, a film edition of his 2012 touring show which reportedly had over $32 million in ticket sales, added to that bottom line. In less than a thousand theaters it still generated just over $10 million this weekend, for a $17 million five-day total. That's the second highest weekend total for a stand-up comedy show, right behind 2000's The Original Kings of Comedy. It's also a big step up for Hart, whose Laugh At My Pain special only earned $1 million back in 2011.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
Despicable Me 2 *$82,518,000Total: $142,076,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 3,997
2.
The Lone Ranger *$29,432,000Total: $48,936,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 3,904
3.
The Heat$25,000,000Total: $86,398,000LW: 2 WR: 2
THTRS: 3,184
4.
Monsters University$19,590,000Total: $216,127,000LW: 1 WR: 3
THTRS: 3,739
5.
World War Z$18,200,000Total: $158,758,000LW: 3 WR: 3
THTRS: 3,316
6.
White House Down$13,500,000Total: $50,478,000LW: 4 WR: 2
THTRS: 3,222
7.
Man of Steel$11,415,000Total: $271,206,000LW: 5 WR: 4
THTRS: 2,905
8.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain *$10,100,000Total: $17,460,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 876
9.
This is the End$5,800,000Total: $85,554,000LW: 6 WR: 4
THTRS: 2,104
10.
Now You See Me$2,770,000Total: $110,415,000LW: 7 WR: 6
THTRS: 1,606