The 4th of July holiday was a record breaking three-day weekend at the U.S. domestic box-office this year.
Much of that is due to the CG animated “Despicable Me 2” which pulled in an incredible $140 million from Wednesday to Sunday, and $82.5 million from Friday to Sunday. It also had the third highest opening day ever for an animated feature, and will cross the $300 million barrier by the end of this weekend.
On the flip side, Disney’s big budget “The Lone Ranger” opened to a mere $48.9 million over five days and $29.4 million for the three-day weekend.
Below even the $65 million estimates that the studio were suggesting, ‘Ranger’ is being labelled as another “John Carter” for Disney. It is also the third major box-office flop this Summer after Sony’s “After Earth” and “White House Down”.
Comedy “The Heat” dropped just 36% in its second weekend to $25 million for the three days and an $86 million total. “World War Z,” “Monsters University,” and “Man of Steel” are still holding well with $159M, $216M and $271M domestic totals respectively.
Comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” and Fox Searchlight’s “The Way, Way Back” performed extremely well in limited releases with ‘Way’ scoring a $30,263 screen average.
Source: Box-Office Mojo