‘Despicable Me 2’ a Holiday Hit with $34.3 Million, ‘The Lone Ranger’ Bombs with $9.6 Million

The two family oriented adventures set off various sized fireworks at the Wednesday box office, kicking off this holiday weekend.

Despicable Me 2 takes in $34.3 million on Wednesday
Despicable Me 2 takes in $34.3 million on Wednesday
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment got the holiday weekend fireworks started early at the box office, with the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 taking in an impressive $34.3 million on Wednesday.

The comedy, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove, is projected to take in $120 million over the five-day weekend in 3,957 theaters. It has already taken in $65.9 million in select international markets for a global total of $100.2 million, from a $76 million budget.

Disney's The Lone Ranger opened significantly lower yesterday, taking in only $9.6 million in 3,904 theaters. The Western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer may not even break the $45 million mark over the long weekend, roughly $20 million less than the $65 million that Disney projected for its five-day total. While the exact budget has not been released, it has been said to be between $215 and $250 million.

The stand up comedy concert movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain opened strongly with $4.7 million in just 876 theaters, already surpassing its miniscule $2.5 million budget in just one day.

Stay tuned for the full box office estimates on Sunday.

Despicable Me 2 was released July 3rd, 2013 and stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Elsie Fisher. The film is directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. Sean

    @john-m That's not an excuse though. 5 stars is what I give a movie that I liked enough for that kind a rating, but certainly not every movies that I see though, lol :P . As for the foreign box offices numbers, you do realize that when you look at what the U.S. box office numbers and foreign box office number combined(world wide box office numbers), its going to be quite a bit higher then both domestic and foreign box office numbers, right? It's going to be interesting to find out that The Lone Ranger's box office results will be by at least Monday July 8th, the end of this weekend-beginning of next week.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. John M

    @themoviefanatic: Still trying to make excuses. I guess that is fine. I knew you would do that weeks and months ago, along with I knew without a doubt that you would give the film 5 stars.

    On Thursday The Lone Ranger took in a about 9.85 million which is a tiny bit better than what it earned on Wednesday in 9.7, and very underwhelming total of 19.5 million. I know it can be hard for you to face reality, but the Lone Ranger is going to be a Box Office bomb whether you add in the foreign numbers or not.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  3. Goliath

    I think its so funny when a movie like this bombs!! Looked terrible to begin with.

    2 years agoby @goliathFlag

  4. Sean

    @TheObserver I think it will make money overseas. The way I see it is that, its going to make something overseas and not nothing at all. Yes, I do know that the movie cost $250 million to make, and luckily its budget isn't what it once was which was $275-$300 million or more. That would have made it as bad as what Pirates 3's production budget was.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. Replicant

    @kingbrady Just saying, westerns are still great, Disney just doesn't know how to make em. This Is the End was great, I'd go see that if I were you, or The Heat.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  6. Sean

    @corey Yeah, see, it still has a chance at making more money overseas. If it and Desp*cable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger had not been released on the same day, and Desp*cable Me 2 and the Lone Ranger had been released on two different dates instead of on the same date, then The Lone Ranger would have started off making more money then it has so far.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. TheObserver

    @themoviefanatic And what if it DOESNT make money overseas? You do know that this movie cost around $250 million right ? so not only it must reach this number but go wayy over it if Disney wants to call it a Good investment.

    @corey Oh I trust you lol

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  8. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic That is NOT the only reason why, lol. I'm talking US numbers. I'm talking this WEEKEND's numbers. I'm not talking about over-seas or anywhere else. I told you that DM2 would smash The Lone Ranger at the first weekend's box office. And it's already dominating.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. Corey W.

    @TheObserver I've been dealing with Sean on MW since like 2008. He doesn't even realize I'm pulling his leg, trust me.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. kingbrady

    @felipe-11 i was never one to care about a person's opinion as i would go see it myself but now im honestly thinking of seeing something else tomorrow afternoon.....gotta kill a few hours as my house is an open house to sell lol.....it was either that or This is the End?

    2 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  11. Sean

    @TheObserver Oh, No there's no denial going on with me here :) . The movie has done poorly here in the U.S. so far, but this first weekend isn't over for it quite yet. Plus, There's still the fact that this movie has yet to be released in a lot of other countries, and it being released in other countries has already started though-> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/releaseinfo .

    @stefanos Yes, I couldn't agree more :) .

    @john-m I'm not naive though. That's a big misconception you and others have about me on this website. The Lone Ranger still has yet to be released in other countries, so it still has a chance at making more money worldwide and overseas then it has here in the U.S. alone. Take a look at the link I gave TheObserver, it shows that The Lone Ranger still has yet to be released in other countries and make money in other countries in the box office.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. John M

    @TheObserver: Yeah I admit I mess with @themoviefanatic a lot, but it is so easy sometimes, because he is so naive and can be frustrating as well. I also stand being blind/in denial about a film thinking, wishing and hoping a film would do better at the Box Office. It has happened many times from Enemy At The Gates to Dredd, but eventually you have to face reality about either the quality of the film or the completion the film is going up against. For The Lone Ranger it is both. The film sucks and it is going up against Desp*cable Me 2 as well as Monsters University, The Heat, World War Z and Man of Steel. I guess I should mention White House Down, but that film is basically going to be a failure as well. Anyway there is a ton of competition and better films out that The Lone Ranger has to go up against. I think if the film came out in the late winter/early spring or late summer/early fall the film would do much better at the box office.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  13. Stefanos

    @themoviefanatic Do not listen them,they judge one movie,how much money will make...The Lone Ranger,was a great movie,with all inside,action,comedy,adventure,drama,all!!!!!! Few movies have it all,and if one movie have it all,that means for me,a great movie.!

    2 years agoby @stefanosFlag

  14. TheObserver

    Come on @corey@john-m give the poor guy a break, denial is the most predictable of human's reaction I respect the fact that you are loyal to this movie @themoviefanatic but it over now, you can put down your gun and rest, at ease soldier its over....

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

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  16. Sean

    @john-m I don't think it's been released world wide. I think it's only been released in the U.S. so far -> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/releaseinfo

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. John M

    @themoviefanatic: LOL! You keep making excuses for why The Longer Ranger is and will do so bad domestically. I believe The Lone Ranger was release worldwide. Whether it was released worldwide or not The Lone Ranger was not going to beat Desp*cable Me 2, and is not an excuse for how bad the film is or how bad it is and will do at the box office.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  18. Sean

    @corey The only reason why i turned out to be wrong was because, the Lone Ranger didn't get released everywhere worldwide on the same day.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  19. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic You told me Lone Ranger would top the Box office and that no one really cared about Desp*cable Me 2. Looks to me like you were in the wrong. :)

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    *tactical facepalm*

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. Sean

    @john-m Oh, I see, domestic. Okay. I was worried it was one of the other two, which would make it worse for The Lone Ranger. I am glad it will make more overseas because that will help add to the very little that its made so far.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. Sean

    @corey Well, I would think it still has hope overseas, considering it hasn't been released over seas yet.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  23. John M

    @themoviefanatic: @corey is right on both his comments, and I meant for the domestic 5 day total, but come on it should be obvious the totals in this article are only for the domestic box office. I have no idea how much it will make overseas, but as I told you before I am sure The Lone Ranger will gross far more in the rest of the world than it will domestically here in the United States. For some reason people overseas love Johnny Depp and will go to any film he is in no matter how terrible the said film is.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  24. Corey W.

    He means the weekend....can someone get this guy a light bulb?

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  25. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! DESP*CABLE ME 2 JUST TOOK LONE RANGER AND MADE IT IT'S COMPLETE BITCH. There is NO coming back from the ass beating it took today. If you really REALLY think Lone Ranger is topping the box-office you are SO SO wrong.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  26. Sean

    @john-m Are you saying that you think The Lone Ranger will make $45-55 Million for the 5 day weekend in the just the U.S. ? Or just overseas ? Or world wide ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. John M

    @themoviefanatic: So what Desp*cable Me 2 opened up on Wednesday as well, and Desp*cable Me 2 blew The Lone Ranger away making 34 million. Stop making excuses for the horrible film that The Lone Ranger is. The Lone Ranger will most likely make around $55 million, but I think it will be more likely around 45 million for the 5 day weekend.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  28. Sean

    @EmmyttWolfe Yeah, it wasn't a good move on their part. They focused too much on the "fourth of july" aspect of it to release it during then, instead of wait a bit later.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  29. Sean

    @corey I'm sure The Lone Ranger will start to pick up its pace in the box office this coming weekend. I think the reason it didn't have a good first few days in the box office, is because it opened in theaters on a Wednesday, instead of it opening in theaters on a Friday like most movies usually do.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

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