Box Office: ‘Despicable Me’ Leaves ‘Lone Ranger’ in the Dust

The Lone Ranger Armie Hammer

It’s a lonely audience for “Lone Ranger” this Fourth of July weekend.

In a scenario reminiscent of Disney’s “John Carter,” “Ranger” finally broke $10 million on Friday, the highest-grossing day since its Wednesday opening.

The actioner has earned $30.2 million to date, and should close out its five-day bow around $46 million, a long way from its $250 million budget before marketing.

While the Mouse tentpole struggles to hold itself up, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me 2” is taking off with $30.2 million from Friday and $89.8 million since its Wednesday bow. Five-day predictions have the toon grossing almost $140 million this frame.

Add to this $94.4 million from 45 international markets, and “Despicable Me 2” has hit a worldwide cume of $184.2 million to date. And unlike “Lone Ranger,” this tremendous gross is relative to a mere $76 million budget.

At 876 locations, Summit’s comedy concert tour docu “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” continues strong with $3.7 million Friday, headed for a five-day around $17 million.

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  1. Dick Delson says:

    Making a film about the Lone Ranger is crazy. The story had long ago been done to death.

  2. Rita St. Clair says:

    I don’t think that just because you don’t like Johnny Depp you should put the entire movie down. Maybe it is your personal thoughts about him that turned you off from the movie. Anyway, you should keep your personal ideas about someone to yourself instead of trying to influence others.

  3. Robert Morgan says:

    I too thought this should not have been made. The budget alone should have scared disney away from this turkey. I am 50 so I watched the Lone Ranger on TV. I cannot see any western costing that much money. I knew it would be like the “wild, wild, west” movie, Just too much of everything.
    no plot, disjointed and the reverse of everything the Lone Ranger has classically meant.
    Why didn’t Depp play the Long Ranger? Answer: because at heart he is anti american. He cannot
    bring himself to portray a confident, sane, moral and upstanding American. He chose Tonto so he could continue his anti Americanism by playing the anti hero. I haven’t liked him since 21 Jump Street. I see through him and those like him that take the best our country has to offer and then rejects the country, our heritage and what it means to be American. I will say that he is at least honest — — — He Lives in France.

  4. Desiree says:

    I never wanted to see Lone Ranger in the first place. It reminded me of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer and another Depp film, Dark Shadows. They are just so far-fetched in my eyes. Personally, I’d love to see Depp go back to making a film where he’s not covered in some kind of make up and just act without a gimmick.

  5. Rita St. Clair says:

    After all of the bad reviews, someone hasn’t been telling the truth about this movie. It is a great action filled, entertaining, sometimes comedic, western which is different in many ways but one of the best movies I have seen in quite some time. Don’t let others tell you it isn’t a good movie, go and see it for yourself. I did and I am planning to go back again to see it again. It was just that good!!

  6. Frank W says:

    I still plan to see it next week but we saw Die Hard at the White House instead and if was great popcorn fun (though REGAL theaters SUCK)

  7. bhash says:

    Kudos to the pirates in the desert post. Remember that before POTC pirate centric movies all flopped. Does anyone have a guess as to where the movie biz is headed? George Lucas and Stephen Heisenberg seem to think that each studio will start releasing one, possibly two movies a year and they will stay in theatres for a year or more and cost about $100 a ticket much like Broadway. Interesting thought.

  8. yankeesrj12 says:

    I called The Long Ranger a FLOP over a year ago.

  9. Brian C. says:

    From the first moment I saw the trailer for The Lone Ranger, I knew it would flop. I looked at it and said to myself, “Disney must think the movie going public are a bunch of stooges that will jump at any garbage they assemble that MAY have franchise written all over it”.

    Disney,……..this stooge stayed home.

  10. chefwong says:

    The studios need to stop trying to come up with the “sure bet formula” and return to making creative movies that are driven by good writing, not a marketing idea.

  11. Geode says:

    I’m sorry, but the advertising can scream Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer until they’re blue in the face, but it’s still a Western. The best Western reboot in recent memory was True Grit and, even with that one’s rather decent numbers, Lone Ranger STILL wouldn’t be able to surpass their insane budget and marketing numbers.

    This thing was dead in the water before it even started. I can’t even say what Disney was thinking here.

    • chefwong says:

      They were thinking “Pirates” in the dessert. “Pirates” star, “Pirates” writers, “Pirates” Director…(hell they even used some of the same extra’s from “Pirates”).

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