According to the official website of “Box Office Mojo” which tracks movie receipts. “The Lone Ranger” (Disney) has now climbed to a worldwide box office total of $260,002,115. It has reached $89,302,115 in the U.S. The Foreign box office stands at $170,700,000. Those numbers will likely climb even higher when the western hits BluRay & DVD on Dec. 17, 2013.
The film is considered a flop in the U.S. by critics & several angry Native American groups who protested the casting of Johnny Depp as “Tonto.” The western was partly filmed in the state of New Mexico & hired 1,000 Native Americans. Elder actor, Saginaw Grant had a supporting role in the film as “Chief Big Bear” who received praise for his performance. Disney donated the film's premiere receipts to the “American Indian College Fund” that climbed to $300,000.
Several Disney executives have stated that they might have to right off at least $190 million for “Ranger.” They spent a huge amount of money marketing the western that closely reaches the actual production budget of $215 million. If that is true. The total cost reaches $415 million. The production has been widely rumored to have reached $250 million. As the film inches closer to the $300 million mark. The immense popularity of Johnny Depp is a non-stop train around the world.
Film director Quentin Tarantino has reportedly named his top 10 favorite films of 2013. “The Lone Ranger” was ranked at number 9 on his list. According to the website of “Rotten Tomatoes” which tracks the popularity of films by theater audiences against film critics. Out of 96,775 users who saw the film liked it at 58% which includes Native Americans. Film critics completely hated it at 31%.
According to “Box Office Mojo” here is the top 7 Foreign country box office receipts for “The Lone Ranger.” Japan with $20,676,296. Russia with $15,747,109. Germany with $10,803,543. France with $10,264,980. Mexico with $10,034,798. Australia with $9,593,341 & Spain with $8,087,099. Many Foreign box office receipts are still coming in from distributors & the total may climb even higher.
Summer movie tent poles are the normal these days in Hollywood. “The Lone Ranger” is considered a failure in that sphere after opening small at the box office in its' first weekend. Disney had a job to do with heavy promotion around the world & it seems to be paying off as the numbers come in. Disney is a billion dollar corporation & executives gambled on “The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp. Obviously, it isn't over until it is over when the final numbers are tracked.