The Lone Ranger has officially come out this week, after reports of a troubled and expensive production. However, Disney was hoping that with Gore Verbinski directing and Johnny Depp playing right into his 'crazy character' wheelhouse, the film would manage to create the same kind of word of mouth that the first Pirates of the Caribbean did.
However, the initial box office predictions for the film were pretty low, and they turned out as accurate. The film opened to a 'weak' $9.6 million box office on Wednesday, the first day it was in theaters in the US.
Compared to that, the first Pirates of the Caribbean brought in $13.5 million on the first day, which isn't taking into account inflation or the fact that Johnny Depp was not as a big of a star back then.
The Lone Ranger earned a B+ Cinemascore, which means that the film could still maintain a good hold over the next few weeks. However, the competition right now is incredibly tough, with Man of Steel, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, White House Down, and World War Z all direct competition - not even counting next weekend's openings.