Box office: 'Despicable Me 2' stays on top

Associated Press
Former professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal gives actor Adam Sandler a lift at the premiere of "Grown Ups 2" at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Former professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal gives actor Adam Sandler a lift at the premiere of "Grown Ups 2" at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row.

With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales, the animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2" and Guillermo Del Toro's monsters-versus-robots action flick "Pacific Rim."

Sony was pleased with Sandler's second-best movie opening of his career with $42.5 million in sales.

But the third-place finish of the big-budget movie "Pacific Rim" with $38.3 million represented a disappointing start for Warner Bros. and partner Legendary Entertainment.

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