Universal’s minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row. With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel ‘‘Despicable Me 2’’ outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy ‘‘Grown Ups 2’’ and director Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-robots flick ‘‘Pacific Rim.’’ The weekend’s No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made another $55.5 million overseas. That brought its global two-week total to $472.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Sony was pleased with Sandler’s second-best movie opening of his career with $42.5 million in sales in the United States and Canada (His best domestic opening was ‘‘The Longest Yard’’ from 2005 with $58.6 million over four days). Overseas, the comedy brought in $1.7 million. The movie, which was filmed around Massachusetts, brings together former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and comedy stars including Chris Rock and David Spade. The third-place finish of ‘‘Pacific Rim,’’ with $38.3 million in receipts, represented a disappointing start domestically for Warner Bros. and partner Legendary Entertainment. The movie took in $53 million from 38 markets outside the United States and Canada. It has yet to open in China or Japan, the home of the movie’s costar, Rinko Kikuchi. Warner Bros. said the debut of ‘‘Pacific Rim’’ in countries such as Russia and South Korea was better than that of other films that have gone on to gross more than $300 million internationally, like ‘‘Transformers 2’’ and ‘‘Prometheus.’’ Disney’s ‘‘The Lone Ranger,’’ starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, took in $11.1 million domestically in its second week, falling to fifth place behind the Boston comedy ‘‘The Heat’’ starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which brought in another $14 million in its third week.
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