Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment got the holiday weekend fireworks started early at the box office, with the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 taking in an impressive $34.3 million on Wednesday.
Despicable Me 2 takes in $34.3 million on Wednesday
The comedy, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove, is projected to take in $120 million over the five-day weekend in 3,957 theaters. It has already taken in $65.9 million in select international markets for a global total of $100.2 million, from a $76 million budget.
Disney's The Lone Ranger opened significantly lower yesterday, taking in only $9.6 million in 3,904 theaters. The Western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer may not even break the $45 million mark over the long weekend, roughly $20 million less than the $65 million that Disney projected for its five-day total. While the exact budget has not been released, it has been said to be between $215 and $250 million.
The stand up comedy concert movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain opened strongly with $4.7 million in just 876 theaters, already surpassing its miniscule $2.5 million budget in just one day.
Stay tuned for the full box office estimates on Sunday.
Despicable Me 2 was released July 3rd, 2013 and stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Elsie Fisher. The film is directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.