Despicable Me 2 Out-Guns Lone Ranger
Animated sequel dominates July 4 weekend, 'Lone Ranger' flops
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2013 3:23 PM CDT
Despicable Me 2.   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, File)

(Newser) – It's the third big blockbuster flop of the summer: first After Earth, then White House Down, and now The Lone Ranger, which came in at a very distant No. 2 at the box office with $48.9 million amidst some damning reviews. Galloping well ahead of the pack was animated sequel Despicable Me 2, which dominated Fourth of July ticket sales, taking in $142.1 million between Thursday and Sunday, reports the LA Times. Lone Ranger might have made some ground up internationally, but although overseas audiences like Johnny Depp, they don't tend to like westerns, and the film only grossed $24.3 million in foreign markets.

In the No. 3 position, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's buddy-cop comedy The Heat had a respectable second weekend with $25 million. Monsters University came in at No. 4 with $19.6 million; rounding out the top 5 was World War Z, with $18.2 million.

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Jul 15, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
Could it be the movie-going public just wanted to see the rest of the Progressive Insurance commercial?
Jul 8, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
What's with that bird taking a dump on Johnny Depps head ? He looks like the top of a Flag Pole. You would have thought he would have had enough sense to object to wearing it. I like his acting, he must not be all that bright.
Jul 8, 2013 2:03 AM CDT
I heard Despicable Me 2 is good. Well, "cute" more then good I guess lol Personally I liked the floating minions in the original lol