Skip to content

'Despicable' box office leaves 'Lone Ranger' largely alone

By Greg Goodsell
7/8/2013 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Fourth of July weekend sees families heading out for 'toons

On the Fourth of July weekend, there were some definite fireworks at the nation's movie theaters - the sequel to one of the world's most successful animated films ever, "Despicable Me 2" did an astonishing $142 million. The badly reviewed "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, came in at second - but only raked in more than $48 million, scarcely enough o cover its $225 million production cost.

'Despicable Me 2' topped the box office in 36 of the 38 countries it played in this weekend and has earned $151.1 million overseas, which brings its very early worldwide total to $293.2 million.

"Despicable Me 2" topped the box office in 36 of the 38 countries it played in this weekend and has earned $151.1 million overseas, which brings its very early worldwide total to $293.2 million.

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/8/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Despicable Me 2, The Lone ranger, Johnny Depp, box office


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Despicable Me 2," which cost $76 million, rolled over the competition in its first five days in theaters. It's estimated that 82.5 million of its total take came in during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday frame.

Featuring the voice talent of Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig, "Despicable" led the box office to the best July 4th weekend of all time. Over the Friday-to-Sunday period, the Top 12 movies grossed $220.7 million, which marks the 10th-strongest weekend in box office history.

"We knew it was going to be hugely successful," Nikki Rocco, Universal's president of distribution admits. She says that family business was "phenomenal" and made up "the bulk of business" She also points to the film's prime summer release date and the fact that families were together for the July 4th holiday as contributing factors.

"Despicable Me 2" topped the box office in 36 of the 38 countries it played in this weekend and has earned $151.1 million overseas, which brings its very early worldwide total to $293.2 million.

Surprisingly, only 27 percent of "Despicable Me 2's" domestic weekend gross came from 3-D ticket sales, which is a low for the format.

Disney's $225 million western "The Lone Ranger," which only lassoed a dismal $48.9 million - $29.4 million of which poured in during the Friday-to-Sunday period. Starring Depp and Armie Hammer, "The Lone Ranger" joins "Cowboys and Aliens" and "Wild Wild West" as films that unsuccessfully tried to turn the western genre into widely-appealing, popcorn-munching spectacles.

Depp's last two films, "Dark Shadows" and "The Rum Diary," also severely under-performed. Westerns have always been a tough sell at the box office. The highest grossing western of all time, "Dances with Wolves," earned $184.2 million in 1990.

The Top Ten at the Fourth of July weekend box office were -
1. "Despicable Me 2"
2. "The Lone Ranger"
3. "The Heat"
4. "Monsters University"
5. "World War Z"
6. "White House Down"
7. "Man of Steel"
8. "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain"
9. "This is the End"
10. "Now You See Me"

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted.
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.


Comments


More Movies

Golden Globes 2017: Did any Catholic-based films make the cut? Check out the complete list of nominees here Watch

Image of Golden Globes, movies, actor, actress, director

The 74th Golden Globe Awards nominees are finally in! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Golden Globe awards will be hosted by Jimmy ... continue reading


Pope Francis meets Oscar-winning directer of new faith-based film 'Silence' Watch

Image of Pope Francis meets Oscar-winning director of

Pope Francis welcomed Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorses and his family to the Vatican Wednesday to discuss "Silence," a film ... continue reading


There's a secret Catholic message hidden in 'Arrival' Watch

Image of 'Arrival' contains a hidden Catholic message. It's unknown if it was intended as such.

Stop. If you haven't seen the latest sci-fi thriller, Arrival and you plan to do so, read no further. This story contains spoilers. If ... continue reading


Mel Gibson slays in latest faith-based film 'Hacksaw Ridge' Watch

Image of Mel Gibson's latest faith-based film performs well in the box office.

Mel Gibson rises from a ten-year reprieve to release his latest faith-based film. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For the first time ... continue reading


Powerful Film Sheds Light on Modern Day Holocaust

Image of

A powerful, new short film sheds light on the modern day Holocaust and challenges the church to take a stand. Sing A Little Louder, a heart ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.