Despicable Me 2 leads in the box office and The Lone Ranger trails far behind

On a record-breaking 3-day July 4th weekend, the US box office blazed with $229 million, thanks in part to the July record-breaking opening of the animated movie Despicable Me 2, which debuted to $82.6 million in 3 days and $142.1 million in 5 days, easily taking the lead in the box office. The 3D cartoon replicated its success overseas with $151.1 million, to reach a combined global total of $293.2 million over the holiday weekend. The film has so far made over $293.1 million worldwide, not bad for a picture that was produced for only $76 million.

The news were not as rosy for Johnny Depp’s western, The Lone Ranger, which opened disastrously to only $29.4 million in 3-day and $48.9 million in the 5-day holiday, way below the initial predication of $65 million. The film also bowed in only 4 international market to $24.3 million, for a global total of $73.2 million, a far cry from its $250 million production budget. This is the 3rd summer flop of the year, after White House Down and After Earth.

The film resurrects the iconic character The Lone Ranger, played by Armie Hammer, and his Native American companion Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, as they embark on a journey to fight injustice in the American West.

The female cop comedy The Heat held well on its second weekend with a 3-day total of $25 million, capturing the third spot at the US box office. Internationaly, the film made $6.1 million, to reach a total worldwide total of $92.4. The film tells the story of uptight FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) and a feisty cop (Melissa McCarthy), who chase after a drug dealer.

Last weekend’s box office champion, Monsters University dropped to 4th place with 3-day week gross of $18.2 million, reaching a domestic total of $158.7 million. With an international taking of $184.4 million, the 3D cartoon’s worldwide total stands at $400.4 million.

The suprise hit, Brad Pitt’s World War Z continued to draw audiences around the world and landed in the 5th spot in the US with $18.2 million in the 3-Day weekend, to reach a domestic total of $158.7 million. The zombie film’s global gross since release is $366.1 million.