Universal's Despicable Me 2 took in $10.51 million on Monday to lead the daily box office with ease for a sixth consecutive day. In the process, the computer animated sequel from Illumination Entertainment surpassed the $150 million mark on Monday. Despicable Me 2 has grossed a massive $153.59 million in six days, which is especially impressive when taking into account that the film is far less expensive than most other high profile computer animated films. The film's six-day start is just a tad below the $154.49 million six-day start of 2010's Toy Story 3. Despicable Me 2 fell 56 percent from Sunday, which is right in line with the 52 percent to 62 percent daily declines wide releases in general experienced for the day.
The Lone Ranger placed in a distant second with $3.02 million. Disney's disappointing big budget western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer fell 62 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. The Lone Ranger topped the $50 million mark on Monday and has now grossed $51.74 million in six days. That is below pre-release expectations and places the film just 18.5 percent ahead of the pace of the $43.68 million start of 2009's Public Enemies (which fell 57 percent on its first Monday to gross $3.53 million).
Fox's The Heat took third place with $2.91 million. The successful R-rated comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy fell 58 percent from Sunday and 45 percent from last Monday. The Heat has grossed $89.17 million in eleven days and will zoom past the $90 million mark today. The Heat is currently running 24 percent ahead of the $71.92 million eleven-day take of 2009's The Proposal (which fell 48 percent on its second Monday to take in $2.76 million).
Fellow blockbusters Monsters University and World War Z took fourth and fifth place respectively with $2.56 million and $2.25 million. On the heels of this weekend's harsh decline, Disney's Monsters University experienced the day's smallest daily decline from Sunday among wide releases (it was down 52 percent). Paramount's World War Z fell 57 percent from Sunday, as the Brad Pitt vehicle continues to display strong holding power. Respective 18-day grosses for Monsters University and World War Z stand at $218.81 million and $161.24 million.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain continues to perform well in limited release. The comedy concert documentary from Liongsgate took in $1.14 million to place in eighth on Monday. Let Me Explain fell 56 percent from Sunday and earned a strong per-location average of $1,304 for the day. With a six-day start of $18.53 million, Let Me Explain has already far exceeded the $7.71 million lifetime gross of last year's Laugh at My Pain.