The Minions Beat Up Kaiju and Grown Ups at the Box Office

By  · Published on July 15th, 2013

After all the handwringing over box office performance this week, everything played out just like everyone expected it would. With one little, yellow twist.

Despicable Me 2 managed to beat out the newcomers with $44.7M. That adds to a pile of almost $500M worldwide that’s almost certainly being stacked in the shape of a 3. Meanwhile, Grown Ups 2 came in second with $42.5M, and Pacific Rim opened with $38.3M domestically (and $91.3M worldwide). So, as expected, the animated sequel with 1/3 less heart dominated, the close-to-comedy sequel with telephonic celebrities did strongly against its budget, and the big gamble original monster movie with zero name-stars and one-note advertising that made it look like a Transformers rip-off didn’t win.

On the limited release front, Fruitvale Station did fine for itself with $377,000 from 7 theaters. [Box Office Mojo]

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