Universal's Despicable Me 2 took in $12.07 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The computer animated sequel from Illumination Entertainment was up a healthy 15 percent over Monday. Despicable Me 2 has grossed a terrific $165.66 million in its first week of release. The film continues to outpace its already lofty pre-release expectations and is running a slim 1 percent behind the $167.55 million seven-day start of 2010's Toy Story 3. The performance of Despicable Me 2 is even more impressive when taking into account that the film is far less expensive than most other high profile computer animated films.
Fox's The Heat was up a strong 19 percent over Monday to move up one spot into second on Tuesday with $3.47 million. Compared to last Tuesday, the comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy was down 35.5 percent. The Heat topped the $90 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a very strong $92.64 million in twelve days. That places The Heat 23 percent ahead of the $75.21 million twelve-day take of 2009's The Proposal (which increased 19 percent to gross $3.29 million on its second Tuesday).
The Lone Ranger fell one spot from Monday to place in third with $3.33 million. Disney's big budget western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer was up a lackluster 10 percent over Monday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. The Lone Ranger has grossed a very disappointing $55.07 million during its first week of release. That places the film just 17 percent ahead of the $47.06 million seven-day start of 2009's far less expensive Public Enemies (which fell 4 percent to gross $3.38 million on its first Tuesday).
Fellow Disney release Monsters University was up a healthy 24 percent over Monday to remain in fourth with $3.18 million. The computer animated blockbuster from Pixar was still down 58 percent from last Tuesday as a result of the massive hit it has taken from Despicable Me 2, but is starting to show signs of re-stabilizing given its daily holds the past few days. Monsters University has grossed $221.99 million in 19 days.
Lionsgate's Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain held steady in eighth with $1.08 million. The comedy concert documentary was down a significant 5 percent from Monday, but in the bigger picture continues to perform very well (especially given its low budget and modest location count). With $19.62 million in its first week of release, Let Me Explain continues to outpace expectations and has already far exceeded the $7.71 million lifetime gross of last year's Laugh at My Pain.