There was nothing despicable to speak of for Universal's animated sequel Despicable Me 2, which topped the holiday weekend box office in its opening weekend, stealing the spotlight from The Lone Ranger's release.
The animated film, starring Steve Carell as the voice of the protagonist, "Gru," reeled in an estimated $82.5 million domestic over the three-day weekend to increase its Week 1 total to $142.1 million.
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Disney's anticipated action-western The Lone Ranger plainly did not have the same reception at theaters. While the Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer film secured a No. 2 spot, it paled in comparison to not only Despicable Me but also to its lofty expectations.
The $215-million-bugeted film lassoed in $29.4 million domestic over the three-day weekend to finish its first week of release with $48.9 million, nearly $100 million less than Despicable Me.
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