According to Deadline, their sources have told them that The Lone Ranger will take $13 million today for a disappointing five-day holiday total of $50 million at the very most. This is obviously not the result that Disney were hoping for and comes far below even their lowest estimation of $65 million. With a massive budget estimated to be near $250 million and an extremely negative reception from critics, it also seems unlikely that its performance overseas will help the remake earn anywhere near enough to make a sequel possible.
The result is in fact so low that The Heat may end up beating it to the #2 spot this weekend. However, Despicable Me 2 has continued to dominate, and after another day of earning $30+ million, it now looks set for five-day holiday cume of $140 million (that’s the kind of result Disney would have obviously loved for The Lone Ranger). Meanwhile, Man of Steel took a little over $3 million yesterday for a domestic total of $259.79 million.