December 9, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
NEW YORK -- The minions of Despicable Me 2 ran away with the July 4 box office, leaving the Johnny Depp Western The Lone Ranger in the dust.
According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal animated sequel took in $82.5 million over the weekend and $142.1 million across the five-day holiday window. Gore Verbinksi's reimagining of the iconic lawman bombed for the Walt Disney Co., opening with just $29.4 million over the weekend, and $48.9 million since Wednesday.
The trouncing for Disney was especially painful because of the high cost of The Lone Ranger, which reportedly took $225 million or more to make. Made by the same team that created the lucrative Disney franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, the Western drew bad reviews.
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 8, 2013 D2