'Despicable Me 2' Continues to Hold off 'Grown Ups 2' and 'Pacific Rim'

on July 16, 2013 by Daniel Garris

Universal's Despicable Me 2 took in $5.64 million on Monday to remain in first place. The blockbuster computer animated sequel from Illumination Entertainment has now led the daily box office for twelve of the past thirteen days (the one exception being this past Friday). Despicable Me 2 fell 57 percent from Sunday and 46 percent from last Monday. With a thirteen-day total of $234.02 million, Despicable Me 2 is currently running 7 percent behind the $251.34 million thirteen-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3. Despicable Me 2 is already the sixth highest grossing release of 2013 thus far domestically and is about to overtake Fast & Furious 6, Oz The Great and Powerful and Monsters University to move into third place.

Grown Ups 2 placed in second with $4.76 million. The Adam Sandler led comedy sequel from Sony was down 55 percent from Monday. In comparison, 2010's Grown Ups fell 54 percent on its first Monday to gross $5.31 million. With a four-day start of $46.27 million, Grown Ups 2 is running a slim 1 percent ahead of the $45.82 million four-day start of Grown Ups. However, as a sequel Grown Ups 2 should be significantly more front-loaded than Grown Ups going forward.

Warner's Pacific Rim took third place with $4.06 million. The pricey Guillermo del Toro directed sci-fi action film fell 59 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases; though it should be noted that most wide releases experienced fairly similar daily declines on Monday. In comparison, 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army fell 59 percent on its first Monday to take in $3.72 million. Pacific Rim has grossed $41.34 million in four days, which places the film 8 percent ahead of the $38.26 million four-day take of Hellboy II. As a non-sequel, Pacific Rim will likely display much stronger holding power than Hellboy II did.

The Heat grossed $1.77 million to claim fourth. The comedy from Fox starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. The Heat has grossed $114.13 million in 18 days and continues to display healthy holding power.  The film is currently running 18 percent ahead of the $96.51 million 18-day take of 2009's The Proposal.

In platform release, The Weinstein Company's Fruitvale Station continued to post strong per-location numbers. The critically acclaimed drama took in $53,383 from 7 locations, giving it a daily per-location average of $7,626. Fruitvale Station has grossed $439,674 in four days of platform release and will expand into additional locations this coming Friday.

Tags: Fruitvale Station, The Heat, Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Despicable Me 2

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