Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger Flopping At US Box Office Ahead Of Independence Day Weekend

Rival studios reckon Disney’s The Lone Ranger will fail to hit a $55m gross in its opening weekend at the US box office.

The film, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, is thought to have only made $10m in its opening day yesterday, failing to bode well for the five-day weekend that comes with Independence Day.

Deadline reports that the film was played out across 3,904 cinemas, and will probably not reach its predicted gross of $65m for the holiday.

The movie has an estimated budget of around $215-259m, so it’s going to take a small miracle for it to turn a profit.

Faring much better is Despicable Me 2, which has already had a strong opening in the UK and made $35m yesterday alone across the pond.

It is a dead cert for the No1 spot, and will probably gross well over $100m over the course of the extended weekend.

“It’s quite an accomplishment,” a Universal exec told the US industry site – adding calling it an “incredible start”.

The Lone Ranger has its red carpet premiere

Saginaw Grant, Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer at the World premiere of The Lone Ranger (Alan Fearon/WENN)