Magazine article Screen International

Despicable Me 2 Tops UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Despicable Me 2 Tops UK Box Office

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Universal's animated sequel scores outstanding $22.6m (£14.9m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Man of Steel.

Following its strong $7.4m (£4.9m) previews last weekend, there was no doubt Despicable Me 2 would open big at the UK box office - it was just a question of how big.

The result was an excellent $22.6m (£14.9m) debut, including previews, with $15.2m (£10m) taken Friday to Sunday.

It marks 2013's biggest opening to date, topping the $21.3m (£13.7m) bow of Iron Man 3, although it's worth noting that Iron Man 3 benefitted from only one day of previews ($3.6m/£2.3m) as opposed to Despicable Me 2's two days.

It also marks Universal's best-ever opening weekend in the UK, ousting Fast & Furious 6's $13.2m (£8.7m) debut in May.

Despicable Me 2's $22.6m (£14.9m) opening marks the fourth-best animated debut of all time in the UK, behind Toy Story 3's $32.3m (£21.2m) with $14.8m (£9.7m) in previews, Shrek the Third's $25.4m (£16.7m) with no previews and Shrek 2's $24.7m (£16.2m) with $8.5m (£5.6m) in previews.

The opening sets a high bar for the year's other notable animated sequel, Monsters University, when it opens later this month.WARNER BROS

Despite dropping to second, Warner Bros' Man of Steel continued its healthy UK run, adding $3.69m (£2.43m).

Zack Snyder's 3D reboot of Superman has now soared past the £25m mark and stands at $39.9m (£26.2m). It will cross £30m in the coming week, with its holdover this coming weekend giving an indication as to whether it can catch 2013's other superhero hit, Iron Man 3.

Also for Warner Bros, The Hangover Part III added $215,000 (£141,000) for $29.2m (£19.2m) to date, while The Great Gatsby reached $23.5m (£15.4m).PARAMOUNT

Following its impressive opening salvo last week, Paramount's World War Z posted a respectable hold in its second weekend.

Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' novel scared up an additional $3.67m (£2.41m) as it fell to third. It will cross the £10m mark today, standing at $14.9m (£9.8m) as of yesterday [June 30].

Given the closeness between the two weekend grosses, there's a possible chance that World War Z and Man of Steel will swap positions when final figures are confirmed by Rentrak today.SONY

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