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Despicable Me 2 hits US high as The Lone Ranger flops

Despicable Me 2

Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED family movie Despicable Me 2 has lit up the US box office over Independence Day weekend, posting a five-day total of $142.1 million.

The figure represents one of the best showings of all time for an animated film, just ahead of what Toy Story 3 earned in its first five days.

But Johnny Depp’s Western The Lone Ranger has flopped, posting a five-day total of $48.9 million, which is way, way below the reported $250 million it cost to make.

The performance of The Lone Ranger marks the summer’s third major disappointment following in the wake of Will Smith’s After Earth and Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum’s White House Down.

It also could become a financial headache for Disney given that it could yet go down as one of the costliest flops of all-time, only a year after the distributor also was forced to declare John Carter a $200 million flop.

Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger did occupy the top two spots. But in third place was action comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which took $25 million for a US total of $86.4 million after two weeks.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, were another animated hit, Monsters University, which has now made Pixar $216.1 million, and Brad Pitt’s World War Z, which is now at $158.8 million in total in the US, going some way to recouping its budget costs.

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