Moviegoers went gaga for Universal’s yellow minions this weekend, with “Despicable Me 2” grossing a $142 million in five days, condemning Disney’s masked vigilante in “The Lone Ranger” to sidekick status as the film disappointed with $48.9 million through Sunday.
Globally, “Despicable Me 2,” from Illumination Entertainment, reached a whopping $293.2 million. This weekend, the movie grossed an additional $88.8 million from 45 overseas territories, bringing its international total to $151.1 million. “The Lone Ranger,” which bowed day-and-date in roughly 30% of the international market, grossed $24.3 million.
The $73.2 million global start for “The Lone Ranger” is nowhere near what the $225 million-budgeted film needed to earn for Disney execs to breathe easily. In fact, “Lone Ranger” actually earned less from Friday to Sunday domestically, with an estimated $29.4 million, than what “John Carter” made during its debut frame ($30.2 million) last year.
Culled from imdb.com
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