'Despicable Me 2' Beats 'Pacific Rim,' Adam Sandler for Top Box Office Spot

'Despicable Me 2' Beats 'Pacific Rim,' Adam Sandler for Top Box Office Spot

(AFP) “Despicable Me 2,” a sequel to the 2010 animated blockbuster, led the US box office for a second consecutive weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The comedy, with Steve Carell voicing villain-turned-doting-father Gru, earned an anticipated $44.8 million between Friday and Sunday, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

If those numbers hold up, the film will have earned $229.2 million since its release earlier this month.

In second place was the sequel “Grownups 2,” about a group of middle aged men who reunite after the death of their basketball coach and spend the summer together reconnecting.

The film, a star vehicle for comedians Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, earned $42.5 million.

The Godzilla-like monsters and skyscraper-sized robots in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” made a third place debut, earning $38.3 million.

Fourth place went to buddy flick “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock as a talented but haughty FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as a rough-and-ready Boston cop, with $14 million.

In sixth place was “Monsters University,” a prequel to Pixar’s 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.,” with $10.6 million.

Next was Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” about a paramilitary group that tries to seize the White House. It garnered $6.2 million for eighth place.

NOTE: Director Guillermo del Toro’s name was incorrectly spelled out in the original post.