Weekend Box Office: Despicable Me 2 Dazzles, The Lone Ranger Is A 4th of July Dud

By Scott Gwin 2013-07-07 16:03:43discussion comments
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Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 stole the show this weekend following a highly successful early July 4th holiday opening. Gru and his wildly popular minion crew outdid themselves with an $82 million debut, well beyond the $56 million opening for the first movie back in 2010.

Adding in the two early days of holiday showings and the sequel's $142 million total for its first five days is the highest for an animated movie, just edging out Toy Story 3's $141 million five-day gross.

While the first place winner was a major success, second place was pure tragedy. The Lone Ranger rode in on a dead horse, banking just $29 million for a distant second place. Over the five-day holiday Ranger banked just $48 million, a distressing number in comparison to the movie's hefty $215 million budget. Even with international sales rolled in, the movie has yet to break the $100 million mark, making it a likely candidate for summer's biggest dud.

Kevin Hart's comedy special Let Me Explain, a film edition of his 2012 touring show which reportedly had over $32 million in ticket sales, added to that bottom line. In less than a thousand theaters it still generated just over $10 million this weekend, for a $17 million five-day total. That's the second highest weekend total for a stand-up comedy show, right behind 2000's The Original Kings of Comedy. It's also a big step up for Hart, whose Laugh At My Pain special only earned $1 million back in 2011.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
Despicable Me 2 * $82,518,000 Total: $142,076,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,997
2.
The Lone Ranger * $29,432,000 Total: $48,936,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,904
3.
The Heat $25,000,000 Total: $86,398,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,184
4.
Monsters University $19,590,000 Total: $216,127,000 LW: 1     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,739
5.
World War Z $18,200,000 Total: $158,758,000 LW: 3     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,316
6.
White House Down $13,500,000 Total: $50,478,000 LW: 4     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,222
7.
Man of Steel $11,415,000 Total: $271,206,000 LW: 5     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,905
8.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain * $10,100,000 Total: $17,460,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 876
9.
This is the End $5,800,000 Total: $85,554,000 LW: 6     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,104
10.
Now You See Me $2,770,000 Total: $110,415,000 LW: 7     WR: 6    
THTRS: 1,606

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