"Despicable Me 2" Triumphs, "The Lone Ranger" Flops! 


The minions beat Johnny Depp at the box-office with "Despicable Me 2" easily winning the 4th of July weekend race against the Disney western "The Lone Ranger."

The Universal animated sequel sold $82.5 million worth of tickets over the weekend and $142.1 million with the five-day holiday total beginning Wednesday, July 4th.

Meanwhile, the ho-hum "The Lone Ranger" starring Armie Hammer as the masked avenger and Depp as the native American warrior and the movie's narrator, Tonto, earned a disappointing $29.4 million over the weekend, and an equally ho-hum $48.9 million since Wednesday.

And the big bloated mess of a movie came with a reported $225 million (or is it $250 million?) budget! Yikes!

"The Lone Ranger" marks the third big-budget bomb of the summer next to "After Earth" starring Will Smith and his baby Jaden, and "White House Down" with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. This just goes to show you that big-name stars are not enough to carry a film. You also need a commanding plot.

So will "The Lone Ranger" recoup its budget? Silver will need to gallop for a long, long time. According to THR, the film suffered in appealing mostly to older moviegoers with "58 percent of the audience over the age of 35, including 24 percent over the age of 50 percent."

The Gore Verbinski big screen adaptation of the popular TV western classic must also appeal to younger audience to survive but alas, only 16 percent of the audience were under the age of 18.

It now depends on the popularity of Depp overseas which incidentally, also belonged to the entertaining minions of "Despicable Me 2." THR is reporting that the animated flick "scored the biggest opening ever for an animated film in Latin America, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa and Vietnam."

The other animated box-office champ, the funny "Monsters University," fell to No. 4 with $19.6 million. "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy continued to scorch at No. 3 with $25 million. Brad Pitt's zombie flick, "World War Z," rounded out the top 5 with $18.2 million.

The other new entry at the box-office, stand-up Kevin Hart's concert documentary "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" surprised everyone and pleased distributor Summit Entertainment with its strong showing of $17.5 million over five days and $10.1 million over the weekend.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office List for the weekend of July 5th:

1. "Despicable Me 2," $82.5 million.

2. "The Lone Ranger," $29.4 million ($24.3 million international).

3. "The Heat," $25 million.

4. "Monsters University," $19.6 million.

5. "World War Z," $18.2 million.

6. "White House Down," $13.5 million.

7. "Man of Steel," $11.4 million.

8. "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," $10.1 million.

9. "This Is the End," $5.8 million.

10. "Now You See Me," $2.8 million.

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Win "Despicable Me 2" and "The Lone Ranger" Prizes! Minions, Masks, Mayhem! 


Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures ("THE LONE RANGER") and Universal Pictures ("Despicable Me 2"), we are giving away collectibles for you to enjoy!

All you have to do is like my Facebook page, click here, and like the contest post! That's it! It's that easy!

For THE LONE RANGER, one winner gets:

*** LONE RANGER MASK

*** LONE RANGER POSTER

*** LONE RANGER BANDANAS

For DESPICABLE ME 2, one winner gets:

*** T-SHIRT

*** DESPICABLE ME 2 toys

*** DESPICABLE ME 2 bookmarks

*** DESPICABLE ME 2 bags

Winner will be notified on Friday, July 12th. Good Luck! Oh, and sorry international friends, this one is for U.S. residents only.

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Will "Despicable Me 2" Triumph Over "The Lone Ranger?" See My Pick of the Week! 


It's one of the biggest movie weekends of the year, the 4th of July holiday! And we have two big films to choose from -- “Despicable Me 2” the sequel to the 2010 box-office hit, and “The Lone Ranger,” the big screen adaptation of the beloved TV series.

In “Despicable Me 2,” Steve Carrell returns to voice Gru, the once-powerful super villain who is now a changed man. But when a new villain, El Macho, arrives on the scene, the Anti-Villain League must call Gru for help. Joining the cast is Kristen Wiig as an Anti-Villain League agent named Lucy Wilde.

In “The Lone Ranger,” Johnny Depp wears a dead bird for a hair piece as Tonto, a Native American warrior and the film’s narrator. He’s telling the story of John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law who became the masked avenger known as the Lone Ranger. From the creators of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise (producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski), “The Lone Ranger” is PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence.

So which one is my pick of the week? Here are my movie reviews of "Despicable Me 2" and "The Lone Ranger":



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New "Jobs" Poster and Synopsis Revealed! 


Isn't the poster very intriguing? Ashton Kutcher channeling Steve Jobs? Open Road Films has released today the brand new poster and revealed the synopsis of their upcoming film "Jobs." The movie will be released on August 16th and I can't wait! Yes, I love my Apple :tongue

Here's the synopsis of "Jobs"

It only takes one person to start a revolution.

The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness.

The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world – forever.

RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2013 -- Nationwide
GENRE: Biography, Drama
RUNNING TIME: TBA
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language
DISTRIBUTOR: Open Road Films

CAST:
ASHTON KUTCHER
DERMOT MULRONEY
JOSH GAD
LUKAS HAAS
J.K. SIMMONS
LESLEY ANN WARREN
RON ELDARD
AHNA O’REILLY
JOHN GETZ
with JAMES WOODS
and MATTHEW MODINE

DIRECTOR: Joshua Michael Stern
WRITER: Matt Whiteley
PRODUCER: Mark Hulme

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/JobsTheFilm
OFFICIAL FILM SITE: TBA
TWITTER: Twitter.com/JobsTheFilm

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Animated Film Trailer Makes Gay History 


A family is a family, that's the strong message featured in the new teaser trailer for "The Boxtrolls" from Laika (see trailer below). The company who brought us "Coraline" and the Oscar-nominated "Paranorman" is pushing boundaries once again by featuring two dads! Yes! And yay!

The narrator on the trailer says "Sometimes there is a mother, sometimes there is a father, sometimes there are two fathers," as we see a baby on a street with different parental figures go in and out mirroring the words.

Travis Knight, the president and CEO of Laika told THR via the Huffington Post that, "We’re not in any way trying to be activists. We’re just trying to be who we are."

Good for them!

Based on the novel "Here Be Monsters," Focus Features is releasing "The Boxtrolls" on Sept. 26th, 2014.

Teaser trailer below, and here's a short synopsis of the film:

Synopsis

The new 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Directors

ANTHONY STAACHI
GRAHAM ANNABLE

Cast

BEN KINGSLEY
ISAAC HEMPSTEAD-WRIGHT
ELLE FANNING
JARED HARRIS
TONI COLLETTE
NICK FROST
RICHARD AYOADE
TRACY MORGAN
SIMON PEGG



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