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 Out-Guns Lone Ranger
Despicable Me 2.   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, File)

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. (Read more Lone Ranger stories.)

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