If there’s one thing that the Fourth of July weekend is good for, it’s not fireworks and the barbecuing of dead animals. It’s movies! Historically speaking, the Independence Day weekend is a damn good time for films to really rake in some cash, as the long weekend provides extra hours for people who should be at school/work, with which to enjoy films.
Several new releases took to the weekend, including the long in development Lone Ranger and the latest Despicable Me animated film. Who would win? Why, minions of course.
Despicable Me 2 dominated at the North American box office, scoring over $82 million over those three specific days. That adds to an even larger total of $142 million that week, and $293 million for a global total. That’s one of the best ever openings for an animated film. The Lone Ranger on the other hand, failed to saddle up. The bloated Hollywood movie made just over $29 million over the weekend, for a domestic total of $49 million. It’s a number that is close to that of the last big budget Disney movie, John Carter, took in. That film only managed to make $30.1 million on opening weekend, and by all accounts had a much better script and plot to fall back on.
Here’s a look at how everyone else did.
- Despicable Me 2 – $82.5 Million
- The Lone Ranger – $29.4 Million
- The Heat – $25 Million
- Monsters University – $19.5 Million
- World War Z – $18.2 Million
- White House Down – $13.5 Million
- Man of Steel – $11.4 Million
- Kevin Hart: Let me explain – $10.1 Million
- This is the end – $5.8 Million
- Now you see me – $2.7 Million
Top ten drops this week saw the departure of the Fast and Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness, while Man of Steel dropped two more spots into seventh. Still, while the latest Superman movie may not have pulled in Iron Man 3 numbers yet and finds itself stuck in a primetime spot for new releases, it has managed to rake in $586 million worldwide. And that ain’t a bad number at all. Expect that film to finish up with a worldwide tally of $600 -$700 million.
Last Updated: July 8, 2013