BOX OFFICE: DESPICABLE ME 2 Dominates; THE LONE RANGER Saddles Up For Disappointment

Despicable Me 2 has taken the box office by storm, but The Lone Ranger has indeed put itself on course to be one of the most high profile big budget flops of 2013. Read on for the latest numbers for both of the holiday weekend's big releases.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/7/2013

As expected, Despicable Me 2 has dominated the North American box office this weekend with an expected five-day total of at least $140.5 million. Considering it cost only $76 million to produce, you can pretty much guarantee a third instalment will soon be announced, especially as the animated movie took $94.4 million through Friday in 45 international territories. It's now well on its way to grossing $300 million worldwide by the close of business today. It's broken record in many of those locations, often only being beaten by The Avengers and Iron Man 3 for all-time highest openings. Meanwhile, Disney won't be celebrating this weekend as The Lone Ranger has continued to disappoint, taking only $10.6 million on Friday and a paltry $10.5 million yesterday. That puts it on track for a five-day holiday total of $48.5 million; hardly the result the studio wanted for a big budget tentpole starring Johnny Depp. However, the actor is a big draw overseas and it's possible that his popularity may end up helping it. However, for now, it seems as if The Lone Ranger is the third high profile flop of 2013 behind Sony's After Earth and White House Down.
Source: Deadline
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jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 7:25 AM
if Lone Ranger ends up with 250 millions worldwide then the sequel is ready to go ... And no doubt it will.
PapaSmurf1 - 7/7/2013, 7:29 AM
Jerry Blake u are a dumbass. The movie has to make at least $350 million to recuperate from how much Disney spent including advertising. A sequel has to be at least $400 or more.
Dmon - 7/7/2013, 7:32 AM
@JonathaNisMagnuM The Lone Ranger has been a Comic Book many times so Technically it is a CBM.
jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 7:34 AM
250 millions wordwide is enough.
You've got yourself that + 150 millions from US and it's done.
By the way @Papa
How much Lone Ranger costed ?
Brail1975 - 7/7/2013, 7:36 AM
I still can't believe they spent $215 million on a western. Why? Oh, Why?
Dmon - 7/7/2013, 7:37 AM
Probably would have been more Unforgiven or True Grit and less Wild Wild West. And if Lone Ranger had been the Star and not Tonto.
Tainted87 - 7/7/2013, 7:39 AM
With a broken ankle and crutches four inches too small, I managed to drag my ass out of bed to go see the Lone Ranger. It's not something I was looking forward to, but when you're couped up like that - just about anything looks interesting.

It wasn't too bad. I just thought it was much too long. It had a Princess Bride kind of storytelling to it that was charming, and Armie Hammer proved likeable enough. Maybe it was the painkillers, but during a particular scene where a heart is semi-off screen being cut out and eaten by our cannibalistic villain, I had to smirk and wonder - why are people so worried about Disney doing away with violent Marvel characters?
jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 7:41 AM
Anyway, I don't think Disney will let the Lone Ranger franchise die. It will probably make less than the last POTC but still enough to produce a sequels. As long as Johny Depp is in for this ...
UltimateWarrior - 7/7/2013, 7:42 AM
I hope you're joking, A-Team was a really bad movie.
jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 7:42 AM
@Soto

awww ... forgot about John Carter ... right
FilmsFan - 7/7/2013, 7:44 AM
That's why Disney never won the eventual BoxOffice inspite of PIXAR & Disney animation films blockbuster success, Pirates franchise blockbuster success & MARVEL films massively Blockbuster success!

Cuz mostly their experiment films flop; & they for stupid reason have enormous budget, Prince of Persia, John Carter & Lone Ranger to name a few!

WB atleast makes experimental films work if not hugely successful, hence they're for the last 12-13 year No.1 or No.2 at US & International BoxOffice!

Pacific Rim might not be able to open that big; but given the positive reactions so far; I'm preety sure it'll earn decent in US & will surely earn tons worldwide!
& with Legendary out of WB; sequel is all for WB to earn stuff!
Could be a franchise if people loved it!
DoubleD - 7/7/2013, 7:47 AM
I saw the Lone Ranger. It was not bad. Never left my seat. It was worth one viewing at the movies
Ocelot - 7/7/2013, 7:50 AM
You simply dont give a western movie a $250M budget, you dont, you just dont. This could have been somewhat successful if the budget was half of what it was.
darkjoker1 - 7/7/2013, 7:50 AM
-_- not a big shock but still lone ranger how do they [frick] up this movie..i mean first green hornet and now this......thanks for ruining a legacy
Tempo - 7/7/2013, 7:50 AM
215$ Millions for a Western...Disney knows how to waste the money.
eleven59 - 7/7/2013, 7:50 AM
Hammer's agent: wanna be In a film with Depp?
Hammer: heck yeah!


1 month into filming

Hammer: we're filming a lone ranger movie? Crap...
charlie2094 - 7/7/2013, 7:51 AM
@jerryblake

Domestic is included in a worldwide gross. Worldwide = domestic + foreign, guess you mean't foreign. Lone Ranger will really have to do $350 million, just to make all their money back...a sequel is incredibly unlikely, unless it miraculously picks up. Just going to be another John carter, for which they were already planning the sequel, John Carter: Gods of Mars.

@Levi

Love those gifs! Love the minions! :P
2gold - 7/7/2013, 7:52 AM
Lone Ranger should have been called Tonto. I get Johnny Depp is the bigger name, but why would ANYONE go see a movie called The Lone Ranger when the ads make it clear the Lone Ranger isn't even the most important character? Do I think advertising may have helped? Sure. What would have really helped is a budget that wasn't so insanely high for a movie that seemed to have no scenes to justify the cost. The Lone Ranger should have cost 50 million to make, been a nice simple western and they would have had a franchise.
FilmsFan - 7/7/2013, 7:52 AM
@JerryBlake
Man POTC 1 costed 140 million$ & earned 300+ US & over 650 WorldWide!
& it was beloved; especially Captain Jack Sparrow!

& now you're saying that 215-250 Million$ LONE RANGER if did 250-300 will guarantee sequel; are u serious?
I mean studio only gets HALF of that film earned at BO worldwide!
Unless it eans 500 Million$; it won't even recove PRODUCTION cost; & marketing cost are still not included!
Plus Johnny Depp is the BIGGEST movie star NOW in MakeUp & Non-US markets!
At the time of Pirates1 he was nobody!

So this is a colossal failure even bigger than JOHN CARTER; cuz that film had NO star!
This one has DEPP, GORE VIRBINSKY & Buckhimer & then HAMMER to a certain degree!

So this is the 1st & last of LONE RANGER & I'm not to happy cuz Im looking forward seeing it just for Depp & HAMMER!
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/7/2013, 7:55 AM
Lone Ranger wouldve been AWESOME .....IF they didnt focus on Depp I mean just make him the lead then! And if they hired they guy who wrote Rango to do this one!
charlie2094 - 7/7/2013, 7:57 AM
@JonathaNisMagnuM

Despicable Me is fantastic! Take that back!! :P So good. The Hellboy films are fantastic too, Del Toro is brilliant.
Dmon - 7/7/2013, 7:57 AM
@JonathaNisMagnuM Do you know what the hell you are talking about? It was a Radio show first not TVIt was created by the some guy who created the Green Hornet they are even Related both having the last name Reid. And John Carter was not a shit film it just needed better marketing and should have included Mars in the title.
MightyZeus - 7/7/2013, 7:58 AM
The Lone Ranger wasnt that bad. I saw it last night, just a lot of scenes needed to be cut out and it was too long. The last twenty minutes is pretty good.
Dmon - 7/7/2013, 7:59 AM
@@JonathaNisMagnuM Also it was a Comic before it was a TV show too.
jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 7:59 AM
@Charlie

yeah i meant foreign.

Thanks for notice.

Wait ... so it's got to be 35O worwide or domestic now ?

I'm getting little bit confused right now :)

Number ... you know
fettastic - 7/7/2013, 7:59 AM
jerry, I'm surprised at you. I've never seen you this blind before. This film is a GIGAFLOP! Disney is pretty sick of those aft Mars needs Moms, Prince of Persia, The Sorceror's Apprentice and especially John Carter. They're not anctious to repeat the formula.

And it sucks because I loved the Lone Ranger as a kid. Sounds like they completely missed the point in favor of Depp making more weird faces at the camera.

And to think, this is the script Disney APPROVED after what was seen as a horrendous version centered on [frick]ing WEREWOLVES! No, I'm not kidding.
charlie2094 - 7/7/2013, 7:59 AM
Still have no idea what Disney were doing spending $250 million on a WESTERN! They don't bring in the money anymore, plus people seem to be tired (at least me) of the same old Depp act. Reduce the budget, buy at least $100 and maybe it'd work...
jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 8:00 AM
*numbers
MightyZeus - 7/7/2013, 8:00 AM
@Ocelot, I totally agree.
charlie2094 - 7/7/2013, 8:02 AM
@jerryblake

Haha, no, about $350 worldwide, to account for the budget and all the marketing too :/ Also, considering when the runs over, the studio will only actually get about HALF of the money the film makes (obviously theatres take a cut which gradually gets higher) which means it may be closer to $500! Its confusing, but it doesn't look good for the Lone Ranger
MrMartinMarvel - 7/7/2013, 8:03 AM
Shame, this movie had potential.
JohnTom88 - 7/7/2013, 8:03 AM
Hey FilmsFan

WB experimental films: Beautiful Creatures, Gangster Squad, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone -> all flopped.. hard


MightyZeus - 7/7/2013, 8:04 AM
I thought it was strange and off putting for a 'Disney' movie to have a 'whorehouse' and native americans being slaughtered by the military.
TheWolverine08 - 7/7/2013, 8:08 AM
From Man of Steel to Lone Ranger, the lesson of the summer is, don't [frick] with kids movies, or you shall be decimated at the box office.
JohnTom88 - 7/7/2013, 8:09 AM
Disney Exec: Marvel filmsPhase 2? I think we also need Phase 3..

dinkinflicka - 7/7/2013, 8:12 AM
Fox was smart releasing The Wolverine late this month while Warner Bros probably cost MOS 30 million at the domestic box office because of when it was released.
Dmon - 7/7/2013, 8:13 AM
@JonathaNisMagnuM I have not seen the movie yet. All I am saying is this is considered a CBM. Your the dumbass that said it was just an old TV show and that the comic came after just to make money. The comic came first. Also Both Lone Ranger and Green Hornet if done right are good characters, problem is PC Hollywood today wants to make the minority sidekick the star and the white guy an idiot. Also after Borgins why the hell would I care about a Wolverine movie ever again?
fettastic - 7/7/2013, 8:15 AM
Imagine how incredibly [frick]ing cool a real Lone Ranger film could have been had it taken a serious tone a la The Unforgiven. It could have been more of a charming adventure such as Tombstone, but to make it a Depp-mugging-the-camera-extravaganza....just a very poor decision.
tonytony - 7/7/2013, 8:16 AM
I understand that disney are trying to find diversify and have other franchises other than the marvel ones, but lone ranger is not the answer. Westerns generally dont do well. But animated movies to me are a sure thing to make money. as parents everywhere take kids to see em.
jerryblake - 7/7/2013, 8:17 AM
Thanks@Charlie

@Fettastic

Guess it's the sun. Mother[frick]er wanna dry me out. Fry my brain.
Shining with his ... shiny face.
Just let me get the curtains down ...

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