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Weekend Box Office Report: July 5-7, 2013

07.07.2013

Gru and Minions come back in a big way!


Three years after their first unexpected success, reformed villain Gru and his crew of mischievous Minions returned to the theaters with DESPICABLE ME 2, and stole the top spot at the box office with a weekend haul of $82.5 million!

Not only does that weekend figure match MONSTERS UNIVERSITY's three-day total from just a couple of weeks ago, but Steve Carell's animated counterpart has also already made $142 million (almost twice its reported cost) since the sequel's Wednesday opening -- plus an additional $151 million from overseas audiences. The original DESPICABLE ME went on to $251.5M domestically and $543M worldwide.

DESPICABLE ME 2 is also definitely a crowd-pleaser, judging by the 'A' CinemaScore from audiences, surely due in part to those jabbering little henchmen (who are popular enough to demand their own spinoff, due next year). With no new kiddie competition until Fox's TURBO on the 19th, the Minions should keep their pockets stuffed and families amused for a couple of weeks.

As for THE LONE RANGER, well... let's say that Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski obviously wanted it far more than moviegoers did. The big-budget Disney movie from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer was gunned down in second place with a $29.4 million weekend, and just $48.9 million total since its opening on Wednesday.

That definitely keeps intermittent megastar Depp on the down slope, at least domestically -- DARK SHADOWS topped out at $79M in the US, but made an extra $165M overseas. THE LONE RANGER did somehow manage a 'B+' CinemaScore from paying customers, but the masked man and his faithful sidekick will need to keep their spurs sharp if their new adventure is going to ride anywhere close to the $215+ million budget and avoid becoming another JOHN CARTER-sized flop for the studio.

(At least Depp has company this summer on the list of underperforming top talent, after Will Smith's expensive AFTER EARTH crashed and burned, and Channing Tatum followed his sizzling 2012 with the stumbling actioner WHITE HOUSE DOWN. Given how active his pricey zombie epic has been, Brad Pitt must be chuckling, at least a little.)

THE HEAT is still on fire, losing just 36% of business from its opening last week to take third with $25 million. The Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy-cop comedy is on track to shoot past the $100 million mark in short order. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY was in fourth with $19.5 million, and seems likely to surpass the original MONSTERS INC.'s $255.8M total (the Pixar prequel has also reached $400M worldwide).

WORLD WAR Z remained admirably ambulatory in fifth place with another $18.2 million, defying its afflicted production to scramble up to a $366M global total. Alas, director Roland Emmerich's big-budget D.C.-damager WHITE HOUSE DOWN can't make a similar claim, sagging in sixth with $13.5 million.

MAN OF STEEL landed in seventh with $11.4 million and $271.2M total (it crossed the half-billion global mark last week), while stand-up comic Kevin Hart's new performance film KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN opened on just 876 screens and has made $17.6 million since Wednesday (the comedian apparently covered the $2.5 million production cost himself).

THIS IS THE END and NOW YOU SEE ME round out the chart, while STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, FAST & FURIOUS 6 and THE INTERNSHIP take their leave. Steve Carell's human form appeared in the limited release of THE WAY, WAY BACK for an adequate $30k per-screen average.

Next week has giant robots punching giant monsters in filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM, Adam Sandler and chums return for more immature antics in GROWN UPS 2, and in limited release, John Travolta and Robert DeNiro hunt each other in KILLING SEASON and director Wayne Kramer returns to crime with PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Despicable Me 2 $82.5 M $142 M
2. The Lone Ranger $29.4 M $48.9 M
3. The Heat $25 M $86.3 M
4. Monsters University $19.5 M $216.1 M
5. World War Z $18.2 M $158.7 M
6. White House Down $13.5 M $50.4 M
7. Man of Steel $11.4 M $271.2 M
8. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain $10.1 M $17.4 M
9. This Is the End $5.8 M $85.5 M
10. Now You See Me $2.7 M $110.4 M

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10:22AM on 07/08/2013
Well given that I really enjoyed Pirates 2 and 3 (4 really did bore me), John Carter...and Prince of Persia...it goes without saying there's a good chance I'll more than enjoy this movie when I get it on DVD. I'm not sure what Disney are doing wrong - why these attempts to launch new franchises are failing.... but then I'm an easy to please kinda movie guy. Perhaps I'm not very typical of the movie goer anymore...perhaps the average movie goer is very sophisticated and over demanding.
Well given that I really enjoyed Pirates 2 and 3 (4 really did bore me), John Carter...and Prince of Persia...it goes without saying there's a good chance I'll more than enjoy this movie when I get it on DVD. I'm not sure what Disney are doing wrong - why these attempts to launch new franchises are failing.... but then I'm an easy to please kinda movie guy. Perhaps I'm not very typical of the movie goer anymore...perhaps the average movie goer is very sophisticated and over demanding. Speaking of which I also really enjoyed Dredd and finally got around to seeing The Last Stand last night – great movie…shame these movies are not box office hits. What the f**k do people want nowadays????
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9:38PM on 07/07/2013
You know, I went into the Lone Ranger with low expectations, and ending up really enjoying it. So did my Dad, who was a fan of the old show. Sure it had some flaws, like it was a bit too long, but overall it was a fun summer blockbuster. Sad that most people were hating on this movie before seeing it. I think if they gave it a chance with an open mind than they might be pleasently surprised.
You know, I went into the Lone Ranger with low expectations, and ending up really enjoying it. So did my Dad, who was a fan of the old show. Sure it had some flaws, like it was a bit too long, but overall it was a fun summer blockbuster. Sad that most people were hating on this movie before seeing it. I think if they gave it a chance with an open mind than they might be pleasently surprised.
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9:38PM on 07/07/2013
You know, I went into the Lone Ranger with low expectations, and ending up really enjoying it. So did my Dad, who was a fan of the old show. Sure it had some flaws, like it was a bit too long, but overall it was a fun summer blockbuster. Sad that most people were hating on this movie before seeing it. I think if they gave it a chance with an open mind than they might be pleasently surprised.
You know, I went into the Lone Ranger with low expectations, and ending up really enjoying it. So did my Dad, who was a fan of the old show. Sure it had some flaws, like it was a bit too long, but overall it was a fun summer blockbuster. Sad that most people were hating on this movie before seeing it. I think if they gave it a chance with an open mind than they might be pleasently surprised.
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9:00PM on 07/07/2013
I'd like to think Disney and other studios will take this as a lesson. You can cram hundreds of millions of dollars into a bloated, CGI-fest with some top name stars, but if you're relying on flimsy story or characters to hold together all your long running action sequences, audiences ultimately won't care.
But they won't. When all is said and done, I'm sure we can expect to see Lone Ranger 2 coming out.
I'd like to think Disney and other studios will take this as a lesson. You can cram hundreds of millions of dollars into a bloated, CGI-fest with some top name stars, but if you're relying on flimsy story or characters to hold together all your long running action sequences, audiences ultimately won't care.
But they won't. When all is said and done, I'm sure we can expect to see Lone Ranger 2 coming out.
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8:31PM on 07/07/2013
So I guess The Lone Ranger is now Bombed.
So I guess The Lone Ranger is now Bombed.
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7:50PM on 07/07/2013
Yes, brad pitt must be [link]
Yes, brad pitt must be [link]
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7:05PM on 07/07/2013
Did a double this weekend and saw The Lone Ranger and White House Down. Both very enjoyable movies despite the lackluster box office.

I'd rather see a Lone Ranger 2 than a Pirates 5. Hopefully we can get a sequel.
Did a double this weekend and saw The Lone Ranger and White House Down. Both very enjoyable movies despite the lackluster box office.

I'd rather see a Lone Ranger 2 than a Pirates 5. Hopefully we can get a sequel.
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5:44PM on 07/07/2013
I can't wait for Lone Ranger 2
I can't wait for Lone Ranger 2
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5:00PM on 07/07/2013
Take a lesson hollywood, NEVER go against Disney or other kiddie movies on the same weekend, you will get blown away. I loved Lone Ranger as a kid & don't know anyone that said it actually looked good or interesting. It's really an embarassment the way this movie was handled & I would actually expect better from Johnny Depp, Sadly it looks like it will even gross more than White House Down, which actually got much better reviews. Maybe Hollywood just doesn't know how to market movies anymore?
Take a lesson hollywood, NEVER go against Disney or other kiddie movies on the same weekend, you will get blown away. I loved Lone Ranger as a kid & don't know anyone that said it actually looked good or interesting. It's really an embarassment the way this movie was handled & I would actually expect better from Johnny Depp, Sadly it looks like it will even gross more than White House Down, which actually got much better reviews. Maybe Hollywood just doesn't know how to market movies anymore?
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5:40PM on 07/07/2013
Ironically, Lone Ranger IS a Disney movie. But yeah, an unproven franchise-starter against a sequel to a sleeper kiddie movie, not the best plan.
Ironically, Lone Ranger IS a Disney movie. But yeah, an unproven franchise-starter against a sequel to a sleeper kiddie movie, not the best plan.
6:49PM on 07/07/2013
Yes i knew that Lone Ranger was a Disney but I did say other disney movies, well they hit a homerun with Monsters U, but you have 2 huge bombs in 2 years, luckily for disney they have Pixar & Marvel & Star Wars, so it shouldn't hurt them too much.
Yes i knew that Lone Ranger was a Disney but I did say other disney movies, well they hit a homerun with Monsters U, but you have 2 huge bombs in 2 years, luckily for disney they have Pixar & Marvel & Star Wars, so it shouldn't hurt them too much.
4:49PM on 07/07/2013
Take these lessons to heart, Hollywood. The people will not settle for crap, no matter how much money and stars you throw at it.
Take these lessons to heart, Hollywood. The people will not settle for crap, no matter how much money and stars you throw at it.
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4:58PM on 07/07/2013
The Man of Steel box office says otherwise.
The Man of Steel box office says otherwise.
4:45PM on 07/07/2013
Two for two there Disney, well done.
Two for two there Disney, well done.
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4:37PM on 07/07/2013
Most people saw the Lone Ranger bomb coming from pretty far off. The movie just looked awful in previews. Disney has been beating the Depp/Verbinski/ Bruckheimer thing to death since the first Pirates caught lightening in a bottle. The result has been (other than Rango, which was great) numerous awful (if profitable) sequels and now this bomb. This one will cost Disney a fortune.

I'm hoping Pacific Rim is good and doesn't suffer the same fate. I'll take good sci-fi any way I can get it. The
Most people saw the Lone Ranger bomb coming from pretty far off. The movie just looked awful in previews. Disney has been beating the Depp/Verbinski/ Bruckheimer thing to death since the first Pirates caught lightening in a bottle. The result has been (other than Rango, which was great) numerous awful (if profitable) sequels and now this bomb. This one will cost Disney a fortune.

I'm hoping Pacific Rim is good and doesn't suffer the same fate. I'll take good sci-fi any way I can get it. The tracking on Pacific Rim, thus far, is really weak.

If it sucks then I hope it fails, but if not it would be a shame to see it go down just because of a crappy marketing campaign.

I think this summer has been a success for movie-goers as it has shown that just throwing stupid movies with A-List actors and big budgets at the screen will not get people in seats. Watching high priced crap like Lone Ranger, After Earth and White House Down flop proves that we demand a little more. I, for one, am glad to see it.

So, good job, America.
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4:14PM on 07/07/2013

Lone Ranger is basically bombing..?

ohh noo.. we never saw that coming.. it looked so good..

This really sucks to be honest because the character the Lone Ranger himself is awesome. This has doomed another Lone Ranger for probably 20 years
ohh noo.. we never saw that coming.. it looked so good..

This really sucks to be honest because the character the Lone Ranger himself is awesome. This has doomed another Lone Ranger for probably 20 years
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3:22PM on 07/07/2013

Disappointing

I usually agree with the reviews on this site, but y'all were wrong about the Lone Ranger, it was way better than that lame PG World War Z crapfest. It's sad that a PG13 Disney, DISNEY!, film is more violent than a zombie film.
I usually agree with the reviews on this site, but y'all were wrong about the Lone Ranger, it was way better than that lame PG World War Z crapfest. It's sad that a PG13 Disney, DISNEY!, film is more violent than a zombie film.
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