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'Despicable Me 2' clobbers 'Lone Ranger'

The minions of "Despicable Me 2" ran away with the July Fourth box office, leaving the Johnny Depp Western "The Lone Ranger" in the dust.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal animated sequel took in $82.5 million over the weekend and $142.1 million across the five-day holiday window, The Associated Press reports.

Gore Verbinski's reimagining of the iconic lawman bombed for the Walt Disney Co., opening with $29.4 million over the weekend, and a disappointing $48.9 million since Wednesday.

The bomb for Disney was especially painful because "The Lone Ranger" reportedly cost at least $225 million to make. It drew bad reviews and failed to capture the attention of younger moviegoers.

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