Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row, The Associated Press reports.

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With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through yesterday, 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 action 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 yesterday.

"This has become the July film to beat right now," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking division of Hollywood.com.