Top 10 films at the Independence Day box office

Associated Press
FILE - This file photo provided by Universal Pictures shows the minion characters in the film "Despicable Me 2." Domestic box office numbers so far on this long Fourth of July holiday weekend are suggesting the the animated minions of family favorite, with a price tag one third of what “The Lone Ranger” cost to make, is outperforming the masked man by more than three to one. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, File)
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FILE - This file photo provided by Universal Pictures shows the minion characters in the film "Despicable Me 2." Domestic box office numbers so far on this long Fourth of July holiday weekend are suggesting the the animated minions of family favorite, with a price tag one third of what “The Lone Ranger” cost to make, is outperforming the masked man by more than three to one. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, File)

The minions have overtaken "The Lone Ranger." Universal's animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" created box-office fireworks on the Fourth of July, earning $24.5 million.

The top 10 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Thursday, followed by distribution studio and gross, as compiled Friday by Hollywood.com, are:

1. "Despicable Me 2," Universal, $24.5 million.

2. "The Lone Ranger," Disney, $9.86 million.

3. "The Heat," Fox, $6.4 million.

4. "Monsters University," Disney, $5.2 million.

5. "World War Z," Paramount, $4.3 million.

6. "White House Down," Sony, $3.5 million.

7. "Man of Steel," Warner Bros., $3.03 million.

8. "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," Lionsgate, $2.58 million.

9. "This Is the End," Sony, $1.13 million.

10. "Now You See Me," Lionsgate, $673,127.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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