Originally posted on Variety:
Moviegoers went gaga for Universal’s yellow minions this weekend, with “Despicable Me 2” grossing a boffo $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 toon, which scored an ‘A’ CinemaScore rating, grossed an additional $88.8 million from 45 overseas territories, bringing its international cume 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…
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