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By Greg Goodsell

7/8/2013 (1 year 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.

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By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/8/2013 (1 year 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"

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