The animated comedy Despicable Me 2 continues to make serious bank at the box office.
It doesn’t look like Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud’s sequel has any intention of slowing down this weekend. The follow-up to the hit 2010 family flick snagged an additional $30 million on Friday.
According to The Wrap, Despicable Me 2 is currently on-track to generate around $77 million over the weekend. When all five days of release are taken into consideration, analysts predict the film will make a whopping $144 million. That’s a lot of minions.
The record-breaking sequel is also providing popular with critics. The film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 75 percent, which means the sequel has been certified fresh. The audience score is perched at a positive 89 percent as well.
Despicable Me 2 brings back the colorful cast of characters found in the original movie. This time around, Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to stop a particularly nasty new supervillain. Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, and Benjamin Bratt co-star in the flick.
Unfortunately for Disney, Johnny Depp, and Armie Hammer, the big screen version of The Lone Ranger still can’t catch a break. Entertainment Weekly reports the big-budget adaptation only managed to bring home $10.7 million on Friday. Gore Verbinski’s flick could prove to be another major disappointment for the studio.
The $220 million western will likely become this year’s John Carter, another big-budget disaster released by the folks at Buena Vista. The $250 million fantasy ended up earning only $73 million during its domestic run.
Director Paul Feig’s The Heat is doing brisk business as well. The Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy comedy pulled in around $8.6 million at the box office on Friday. Monsters University posted $7.1 million in receipts, while World War Z earned $6.3 million.
Did you catch Despicable Me 2 in theaters this weekend? Are you surprised the animated comedy is destroying The Lone Ranger at the box office?
[Image via Universal Pictures / Illumination Entertainment]