The Lone Ranger Flops

The Lone Ranger

Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski must have been in high hopes for their next big Depp-release since Pirates of the Caribbean ten years ago. But unlike the fresh subject matter and imaginative characters that Pirates delivered, The Lone Ranger is recycled material that’s been around since the 50s, and more deserving of a serious action/drama rather than a Disney-for-kids western. Johnny Depp’s Tonto has taken a lot of heat from audiences, and in some aspects, rightfully so. It seems his recent roles, including Tonto and Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows (2012), have all slightly shadowed the lively and eccentric Captain Sparrow that audiences couldn’t get enough of a decade ago. The Lone Ranger pulled in an upsetting $50 million in its first five days of release, falling behind Despicable Me 2, which made an impressive $142 million. Talks of the seventh Star Wars movie will most likely become Disney’s primary focus now. Let’s hope they maintain some quality to the original films and don’t just make a rushed project in hopes for a box office haul.

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