Box office: ‘Despicable Me 2’ routs ‘Ranger’

NEW YORK (AP) — The
minions of “Despicable Me 2” ran away with the July 4th 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 Verbinski'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.