Disney’s big-budget Western had a rough time wrangling moviegoers on the Fourth of July as Universal’s “Despicable Me 2″ continued to break records.
The $250 million “Lone Ranger,” with its five-day projection just shy of $47 million, will need a massive yet unlikely spark overseas if it wants to avoid becoming one of the biggest flops in Hollywood history.
On the other end of the spectrum, “Despicable Me 2″ grossed a stellar $24.5 million for the second-best Fourth of July performance since “Transformers.” The Illumination Entertainment toon, which opened Wednesday, also scored the third-highest opening day for an animation movie behind “Toy Story 3″ and “Shrek the 3rd.”
Produced for only $76 million, “Despicable Me 2″ has accumulated $59.5 million domestically and over $134.5 million at the worldwide box office.
The 3D pic, starring Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, is expected to reach nearly $140 million by Sunday.
Meanwhile, Summit’s new release, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” also shined on July 4, grossing an estimated $2.58M in 876 locations ($2,945 per location) finishing 8th overall in the domestic marketplace.