Universal is celebrating a very happy July Fourth this morning, thanks to Despicable Me 2. The animated sequel earned an estimated $34.3 million on its opening day Wednesday – just a bit under the $35 million that The Amazing Spider-Man took in on its first day in 2012. From its 3,957 locations, Despicable Me 2 is now expected to take in as much as $155 million for its first five days, putting it between the Independence Day records of Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($162.6 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($152.4 million) before adjusting for inflation.
The news for Disney was not as joyful. The studio’s pricey adaptation of The Lone Ranger failed to make its mark – earning an estimated $9.66 million from 3,904 venues on Wednesday. The studio had expected to realize at least $65 million for the five-day holiday frame but, after its underwhelming opening, The Lone Ranger’s prospects have now been scaled back to $45 million or less.
Check back this weekend for more news on the holiday box office.
Sean Connery is surely thrilled.
Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario and Ashley Green star in the horror master's latest.
Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey fill the roles previously played by Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
Amma Asante will direct the true story of royal family member Seretse Khama, who came under fire when he married a white woman in 1949.
Plus the posters for Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ and the patriot dog movie, ‘Max’.
Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, and more spill the beans about their new film, Spielberg influences, and more.
Matt and Adam talk about the film's themes, flaws, goals, post-production, and how the movie relates to the careers of director Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof.
"Manic Pixie Dream Girl" aside, it's time to reconsider Crowe's much-maligned 'Vanilla Sky' follow-up.
Writer/director Marielle Heller's feature debut tackles the tricky subject matter of the female sexual awakening.
The mutant has a strong connection to Oscar Isaac's villainous Apocalypse.