The studio's first blockbuster release, Iron Man 3, on May 3rd has become 2013's most successful film with more than $1.2 billion in ticket sales (already placing it at #5 in all time worldwide box-office). Meanwhile, Monster's University has been in the #1 box-office slot since its release more than 10 days ago and has already accumulated more than $300 million in sales.
You have to believe that Disney wouldn't mind seeing that number one position fall to its release today of The Lone Ranger. Disney's got lots of reasons to be shooting up some fireworks this week.
The Lone Ranger, as about everyone by now knows, stars Johnny Depp as Tonto, reuniting him with his Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. Along for the ride as the masked Lone Ranger is Armie Hammer, assuming a role that will make previous outings in Mirror, Mirror (as Prince Alcott) and The Social Network (as both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss), not much more than future trivia questions.
With Universal's Despicable Me 2, the only other wide release this weekend (and reviews that suggest the original, which is airing on cable if it's not already among your kids stack of DVDs, is far more fun), The Lone Ranger's only real competition are the substantial box-office remnants of this season's big releases. Led by last weekend's strong performance of The Heat, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, you can also add World War Z, Man of Steel, Now You See Me, Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Iron Man 3, to a list of movies that are still pulling in large audiences and are still vying for screen space in your local cineplex.
So this weekend's pick comes a couple of days early in honor of The Lone Ranger's Wednesday release date and a mid-week U.S. holiday.
Moviedozer's best bet?, take advantage of the five day stretch ahead and get out to see The Lone Ranger and at least one other hit you've missed. Summer's in full swing and there's nothing better than a great summer night at the movies.
Since The Lone Ranger is an origins movie of sorts, I thought you might like to see how television introduced him back in 1949. So here's the movie's trailer (you can catch a second trailer for The Lone Ranger here), followed by the first episode of TV's The Lone Ranger, starring Clayton Moore as Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
And, incidentally, you'll also discover the very literal way the phrase "cliffhanger" began. Enjoy.
How a safe and happy fourth and a great time at the movies.
Thanks to Disney Studios for poster art and trailers. The Lone Ranger television series appeared on ABC television from 1949 to 1957. Many of the episodes are still available online.