Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 2” set box-office records in its debut over the July 4 holiday weekend, while Walt Disney Co.’s “The Lone Ranger” bombed, failing to match even last year’s megaflop “John Carter.”
Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger,” opening in theaters tomorrow to negative reviews and tough competition, looks poised to become Walt Disney Co.’s biggest flop since last year’s $200 million loss from “John Carter.”
The Johnny Depp animated comedy “Rango” opened as the No. 1 film in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, generating $38 million in ticket sales for Viacom Inc. ’s Paramount and Nickelodeon divisions.
“Battle: Los Angeles,” Sony Corp. ’s special-effects thriller about an alien invasion of the second most-populous U.S. city, generated $36 million in weekend ticket sales to lead the domestic box office.