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Despicable Me 2

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

In the battle of this weekend's sequels, the grown ups couldn't stop the minions.

In spite of the debut of Grown Ups 2, Despicable Me 2 continued to dominate at this weekend's box office, raking in $44.8 million. 

Universal Picture's animated hit, which cost about $76 million to make, has already grossed over $400 million worldwide, according to Deadline.

Adam Sandler's comedy flick wasn't far behind, landing at No. 2 with $42.5 million in its first weekend--opening at about $2 million higher than the 2010 original.

Meanwhile, sci-fi flick Pacific Rim debuted in third with $38.3 million, followed by The Heat at $14 million and The Lone Ranger at $11.1 million. 

Grown Ups 2

Columbia Pictures

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled per Box Office Mojo:

1. Despicable Me 2, $44.8 million

2. Grown Ups 2, $42.5 million

3. Pacific Rim, $38.3 million

4. The Heat, $14 million

5. The Lone Ranger, $11.1 million

6. Monsters University, $10.6 million 

7. World War Z, $9.4 million

8. White House Down, $6.2 million

9. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, $5 million

10. Man of Steel, $4.8 million