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‘Despicable Me 2’ tops weekend box office

A still from 'Despicable Me 2.' UNIVERSAL PICTURES.

Kid-friendly flick Despicable Me 2 topped the weekend box office, raking in $82 million US — one of the highest openings ever for an animated film.

According to movie-tracking website BoxOfficeMojo.com, Despicable Me 2 earned an estimated $142.1 million in its first five days, just ahead of 2010’s Toy Story 3. That movie took in $141 million.

The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer as the Western hero and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto, was a distant second, with a $29-million opening.

It was a disappointment for backing studio Disney, who reportedly spent $225 million to make the movie.

Buddy comedy The Heat — a rare film with two female leads — took in $25 million for a third-place finish.

The movie stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy as a local investigator who are forced to work together.

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