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Weekend Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 2’ Has Not-So-Despicable Debut

Universal(NEW YORK) – Despicable Me 2 topped the Fourth of July weekend box office, bringing in $142.1 million over five days to set a new record for the biggest five day opening for an animated film.

The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer brought in a somewhat underwhelming $48.9 million over the course of its first five days given its big-budget.

Returning movies continued to perform well. The Heat dropped just 37 percent in its second weekend for third place, while Monsters University crosses the $200 million mark in North America for fourth place.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, a comedy performance film from Summit/Code Black Entertainment, grossed $17.5 million since its Wednesday opening, despite playing in only 876 theaters. It took eighth place.

Here are the top eight movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to

1.     Despicable Me 2     $82.518M      
2.     The Lone Ranger     $29.4M    
3.     The Heat     $25.0M      
4.     Monsters University     $19.6M      
5.     World War Z     $18.2M      
6.     White House Down     $13.5M      
7.     Man of Steel     $11.4M     
8.     Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain     $10.1M  

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Fourth of July Music on TV: Mariah Carey and Much More

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're planning to avoid sunburn and mosquito bites and spend your Fourth of July inside this year, TV will provide you with a great soundtrack to your celebrations. Here's a rundown of who will be performing on what channel this Independence Day:

Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Pitbull, Taylor Swift and ageless icon Cher will all perform on the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, airing on NBC from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, with an encore one-hour fireworks special airing at 10 p.m. Usher is curating the overall design of the show, whose theme is "It Begins with a Spark." It's not clear if he'll be performing as well.

John Mayer and Demi Lovato will be performing on the third annual Philly 4th of July Jam, which airs on VH1 and Palladia on Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. ET. It's the perfect place for Demi to bust out her new single, "Made in the U.S.A.," and for John to give fans a preview of his summer tour, which kicks off a few days later. Kevin Hart hosts the event, The Roots will be the musical curators, and other performers include Grace Potter, Jill Scott and J. Cole. Viewers will also see a fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Over on PBS, the annual special A Capitol Fourth will feature American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover, ex-Idol champ Scotty McCreery, Glee star Darren Criss, young classical singer Jackie Evancho, Smash star Megan Hilty, the cast of Motown: The Musical, and legendary crooners Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond. Tom Bergeron hosts the festivities, which air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m. ET. Fireworks are included, and so is live cannon fire, provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery.

Bergeron says the show is a sight to behold in person: "It's louder. Much louder. But it's amazing. It really is. It's a big finish to a big party."

Most unusually, MTV and VH1 have announced that on the Fourth of July, they plan to "let music ring" by -- gasp -- bringing back music videos.  From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET/PT, both networks, as well as CMT, will provide "the ultimate party playlist" by spinning music videos in a variety of musical genres.

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Did a Boston TV Station Fake the Fourth?

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Some viewers are taking a Boston TV station to task over its coverage of the city's Fourth of July fireworks telecast.

Sharp-eyed viewers noted that the city's annual fireworks display wouldn't be visible from some of the city's landmarks, yet the rockets' red glare was seen exploding right over them during the local CBS telecast.

Now the show's producer is coming clean, admitting to the Boston Globe he digitally superimposed the fireworks over footage of the landmarks that was previously shot.

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HBO Documentary 'Citizen U.S.A.' Airs Monday Night

John Foxx/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- HBO salutes America on its birthday with a documentary that tells the stories of people who've recently become U.S. citizens.

In Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, attends naturalization ceremonies in all 50 states and speaks with newly minted citizens regarding their American dreams.  The documentary features appearances by former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, and KISS rocker Gene Simmons.

The documentary airs Monday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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