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'Despicable Me' minions upset Depp's 'Lone Ranger' at box office

Published 07/07/2013 | 18:40

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Actor Steve Carell poses with two life-size minion characters while promoting his movie "Despicable Me 2" in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Steve Carell poses with two life-size minion characters while promoting his movie "Despicable Me 2" in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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.

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The animated "Despicable Me 2," featuring the voice of Steve Carell, hauled in an estimated $82.5m domestically from Friday through Sunday. The movie from Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures added another $60m from Tuesday night through Thursday's U.S. Independence Day holiday, for a total of $142million.

Walt Disney Co's "Lone Ranger," starring Depp as Tonto in a reboot of the classic radio and TV series, earned $29.4m from Friday through Sunday, for a total of $48.9m 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 $25m at domestic theaters from Friday through Sunday.

Reuters

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