Our nation's birthday came and went last week and for millions of patriotic Americans that meant just one thing: Time to go to the movies. And the big winner this extended holiday weekend, besides the people who make those tiny vinyl flags, was Universal and "Despicable Me 2," which brought in a massive $142.1 million over the five day period to lead a record breaking box office.
Of course, those extra two days work wonders on the total, as "Despicable Me's" actual weekend haul was an estimated $82.5 million, which just beats out the $82.4 "Monsters University" dragged in two weeks ago. But we have a feeling Universal and the folks at Illumination Entertainment aren't quibbling over little details like that, as they are likely too busy rolling around naked in giant piles of money.
The same cannot be said for the folks over at Disney, though, as the weekend's other major release, "The Lone Ranger," crashed and burned with an abysmal five day total of just $48.9 million. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the reported $250 million price tag for the creaky western, with most of that budget apparently going to cover star Johnny Depp's hat fetish.
And cost ratio also played a big part in the weekend's other major surprise, as the ultra low budget comedy concert flick "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" debuted to a $17.5 million total over the five day weekend despite launching in just 876 theaters. Which, incidentally, gave it a significantly higher per theater ratio than "The Lone Ranger."
Sorry, Depp, but this time it seems like the joke's on you.
Here's a look at the full three day box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Despicable Me 2" - $82.5m (our review)
2. "The Lone Ranger" - $29.4m (our review)
3. "The Heat" - $25m (our review)
4. "Monsters University" - $19.6m (our review)
5. "World War Z" - $18.2m (our review)
6. "White House Down" - $13.5m (our review)
7. "Man of Steel" - $11.4m (our review)
8. "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" - $10.1m
9. "This Is The End" - $5.8m (our review)
10. "Now You See Me" - $2.8m (our review)