‘Lone Ranger’ a Train Wreck While ‘Despicable Me 2’ Shines for Explosive Fourth

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Opening day grosses for Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” soared with $34.3 million, while Disney’s big-budget “The Lone Ranger” is resembling the high-speed train wreck depicted in the movie, grossing less than $10 million on Wednesday.

The five-day projection for “Despicable Me 2” is now at around $125 million, depending on how well the toon holds up on the Fourth of July. The holiday itself typically is a slow moviegoing day, especially for family films.

Meanwhile, “Lone Ranger,” which cost $225 million (not including marketing), sadly looks to be another “John Carter” for Disney, with opening five day projections upwards of $45 million. That’s a paltry sum compared to what Disney needed the film to earn, and even with star Johnny Depp goosing overseas prospects, it’s highly unlikely the international markets will warm to the iconic American Western enough to make up for slagging Stateside box office.

Both “Despicable Me 2” and “The Lone Ranger” debuted Wednesday at north of 3,900 domestic locations.

Bowing at just 876 playdates, Lionsgate-Summit’s stand-up concert docu, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” grossed an outstanding $4.8 million during its opening day, which should translate to somewhere around $29 million through Sunday.

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  1. Chris N says:

    Very surprised! Had low expectations based on the reviews and it was very entertaining! My 14 & 12 year old both loved it, the crowd was laughing and cheering, I don’t see why it’s getting such negative press. Ignore the reviews and go see it!

  2. David says:

    Well the only question now is how big the write down will be and will the mouse soon have another new studio head?

    • Bgr says:

      An out of control budget guarantees failure for Lone Ranger. This might have been a viable movie at half the cost. Nearly all reviews point out the movie should have been thirty minutes shorter. How much money could have been saved?

      Even with the big names there was no chance for this movie to overcome this budget. I wonder if this was part of a deal to get this team to make pirates 5. If that is the case, this loss will be quickly erased by those profits

  3. Rob says:

    I just saw the Lone Ranger and loved it! My 7 and 9 year old boys loved it too and didn’t blink once. Go see it!

  4. Bill says:

    The bottom line is DM2 was by far the funniest film released so far this year.

    On the other hand, Lone Ranger just looked like Pirates set in the West and I have no desire to even rent it.

  5. tommyflorida says:

    Okay dum-dums, Despicable Me 2 is a sequel where one walks in stupid and comes our more stupid – akin to a sourball from a gum machine – only lasts so long. Whereas Lone Ranger is an A+ attempt on the risk scale to produce something original based on an original iconic character who is based on a legendary REAL officer from the 1800’s. You can’t have it both ways Andy Stewart (and Hollywood Reporter) and the rest of you – if you want studios to try new stories and characters, there is inherent risk and you should try to support them. Lone Ranger is excellent mostly – go see it or be a dum-dum. Rotten Tomatoes be damned.

  6. Robert Winniford says:

    It’s time Johnny Depp stopped playing cartoon characters and goes back to playing human beings. His stunt casting days are going to kill him. People are sick of his eccentricities.

  7. harry georgatos says:

    trying to make PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEANS on a train through the western outback was a cynical exercise that most audience had seen. LONE RANGER didn’t have it’s own original template but was modelled on PIRATES and today most audience are smart enough to tell the real deal from a con job that is LONE RANGER. The script was depressingly boring. Westerns have become a hard-sell in today’s hi-tech market! Maybe Spielberg is right when he says that studios will implode with today’s $200 million dollar budgets and marketing costs. The ideas are out there for Hollywood but not giving them the right treatment which starts with a solid script.

  8. Bobo Brazil says:

    Maybe moviegoers are getting as sick as Johnny Depp as I am.

  9. Spike says:

    Jerry and Bob (that’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Bob Iger), you’re wasting too much money on the fanboys without finding out, FIRST, whether they will come to see a movie. They didn’t give a hoot about a prince of Persia, a guy on Mars, and they could care less about your masked man and bird-bedecked Indian. I think the Board of Directors of Disney needs to clean house, dump the two of you, pull in the purse strings, do layoffs, and stop trying to lug this Disney behemoth around, which, because of it’s huge overhead, has to go looking for a big payday with two hundred million dollar rolls of the dice. Board of Directors, stop wasting your money and our time.

  10. kat says:

    I believe Lone Ranger will come up in ratings. It was a very enjoyable movie!!

    • Johnnie says:

      I think they’ll come up in ratings, too.
      Wait, i don’t know what that means?
      Wait, what department of Disney do you work in?

  11. Clarissa says:

    If your man is one of them, then you must do all that you’ll be able to to make sure he does not slip via your fingers. Most of us make this happen because we convince ourselves that he were built with a fantastic reason behind not calling. Really loving on your own is an energetic thing and is easily seen by others.

    • Spike says:

      I always love it when aliens talk to us from their starships. They may not always make sense, but their hearts are pure.

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