Home Uncategorized Box Office: “Despicable Me” Makes $100 Mil More than “Lone Ranger”

Imagine this scenario: “Despicable Me 2” opened on Wednesday, same as “The Lone Ranger.” And now the former film has made just about $100 million more than the latter. Yikes. “The Lone Ranger” will finish today with approximately 48.3 million. That’s at least $12 million less than Disney hoped for at the high, and over a million less than their low.

Oh well — the writing was on the wall when everyone saw the movie early last week. “Despicable Me 2” now has almost $300 million internationally, making it a welcome relief for Universal Pictures. But for Disney, as everyone has now noted, this is a serious disaster with repercussions.

But this is the summer of disasters. Just look at “White House Down” and “After Earth.” You can only hope that scripts, not just budgets, will be looked at a lot more closely in the future for big studio releases.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. I’m not a big fan of sequels, but after seeing these three original movies with big-name stars crash and burn, well, it’s no wonder Hollywood keeps churning out sequels. Non-sequel World War Z continues to do well. So does Superman. Next up, Pacific Rim, with no major actors. It will be interesting to see how that one does.

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