‘Despicable Me 2’ holds top box office spot

LOS ANGELES — Universal’s minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row.

With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2” and director Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-robots action flick “Pacific Rim.”

The weekend’s No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made another $55.5 million overseas. That brought its global two-week total to $472.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The third-place finish of “Pacific Rim,” with $38.3 million in receipts, represented a disappointing start domestically for Warner Bros. and partner Legendary Entertainment. Figures released by the studio showed it doing better overseas.

Elton John, Timberlake at iHeartRadio event

NEW YORK — Justin Timberlake, Elton John and Katy Perry are among the A-list performers set for this year’s iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas.

Clear Channel announced the performers. Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Miguel, J. Cole and fun. also will perform at the two-day festival Sept. 20-21 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ryan Seacrest will host.

Tickets for the third annual festival go on sale Saturday.

The festival will air live across Clear Channel’s radio stations and as a two-night special on the CW Network on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Danes says she thought about career switch

NEW YORK — Claire Danes, interior designer?

The “Homeland” actress says she considered a change of careers when she went through a stretch where she couldn’t find a good role.

In an interview for Vogue’s August issue, the 34-year-old says she didn’t work for two years after starring in the 2010 biopic “Temple Grandin,” which earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe. Danes said she couldn’t just take any role after playing Grandin, an activist for autistics and animal rights.

Danes calls it a grim experience that left her so hurt that she flirted with a career change. Says Danes: “I really like interior design.”

Of course, Danes didn’t have leave acting. She landed the role of Carrie Mathison on “Homeland,” and it has earned her an Emmy and two Golden Globes.

Associated Press