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4 items from 2013

Depp's Ranger a Bigger Bomb Than Anticipated?

7 July 2013 12:42 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Lone Ranger weekend box office: Bigger flop than early estimates indicated? (Photo: Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger) The Pirates of the Caribbean team is back with The Lone Ranger: that’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, actor Johnny Depp, and distributor Disney. But whereas Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the White Pearl, co-starring Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom, was a major domestic box-office hit, opening with $46.63 million at 3,269 locations in early July 2003 (approximately $61 million today) and going on to gross $305.41 million in North America (approximately $402 million today), The Lone Ranger is bound to become one of the biggest domestic box-office flops of 2013 in relation to its exorbitant $215 million production budget, alongside several other costly underperformers at the North American box office: M. Night Shyamalan / Will Smith’s After Earth, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, »

- Zac Gille

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Tonto Can't Save Lone Ranger in North America; What About at the Overseas Box Office?

5 July 2013 7:30 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Lone Ranger 2013 box office: $200 million Western flops (photo: Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger) The best thing that can be said about Disney spending $200+ million on the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger — not including another $100 million or so in marketing / distribution costs — is that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Gore Verbinski-directed comic Western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer didn’t cost $250 million like the studio’s 2012 box-office bomb John Carter. (Update: The Lone Ranger weekend box-office: A bigger flop than originally thought?) Currently with a dismal 11% approval rating and 4.2/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics, The Lone Ranger collected an abysmal — in relation to its exorbitant costs — $9.65 million on opening day, Wednesday, July 3, at 3,904 North American locations, in addition to another $9.85 million on the July 4 holiday according to Box Office Mojo. The Lone Ranger‘s two-day total is $19.5 million, which will, according to early, rough Friday estimates found at Deadline. »

- Zac Gille

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Disney Spent $200M to Prove Lone Ranger Too Old Fashioned for Today's World

4 July 2013 6:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Lone Ranger 2013: Johnny Depp as a Native American Jack Sparrow (photo: Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger) [See previous post: "The Lone Ranger Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean in Western Garb."] Gore Verbinski fills The Lone Ranger with ticklish insider references to other classic Westerns and even gives a nod to Johnny Depp’s 1995 oater Dead Man. And, as usual, the director busts out the crane shots — and it’s always a kick to see how his latest swooping camera move will reveal detail and add spikes of humor. The flip side is that Verbinski will indulge any plot complication as long as it results in another action sequence. John and Tonto’s search for Cavendish often takes them to a railroad track, railroad tunnel, or railroad train, where a loud and kicky set piece awaits its cue. In fact, six miles of track and two locomotives were constructed just to add authenticity to The Lone Ranger, even though there »

- Mark Keizer

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'The Lone Ranger' racist? Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and more defend the Disney film

2 July 2013 2:21 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

When Disney's "The Lone Ranger" hits theaters Wednesday (July 3), there are bound to be feathers ruffled over its portrayal of Native Americans, including Johnny Depp's Tonto, as complaints began to surface months before the movie ever premiered.

One reviewer, who calls the film a "repulsive racist mess," points to the lack of priority the movie's plot devices place on the depiction of "the destruction of an entire culture." But Zap2it sat down recently with the film's star, Armie Hammer, not far from "The Lone Ranger's" New Mexico film set, and he sees the situation quite differently.

[Spoiler alert: The remainder of this article contains specific details about "The Lone Ranger" plot]

Recalling a fierce battle scene near the movie's climax, in which an entire Comanche tribe is wiped out by a U.S. Cavalry troupe, Hammer says, "I think when you watch this film and you see the slaughter of the Indians -- when you see the Chief killed, »


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