July 8, 2013
As the dust clears from the July 4th weekend we find out The Lone Ranger made a weak $48.9 mil compared with the no. 1 movie Despicable Me 2 @ $142.1 mil. The Lone Ranger is also doing poorly overseas as well and it appears to insiders (The Hollywood Reporter) the Lone Ranger will perhaps make it to $100 mil (it cost north of $250 mil), which, if true, would make it an even bigger bomb than Cowboys & Aliens ($250 mil).
Meanwhile, several reviews point out some of the faults of the film:
"When the film first brings together Tonto, Silver and the newly deputized Texas Ranger who will become our nominal hero, there’s a sequence with Tonto leading the horse and the unconscious Ranger unceremoniously dragging behind. Then the horse stops to pass excrement — before dragging the future Lone Ranger’s head right through the pile of poop.
There, in a nutshell, is the movie’s attitude toward its source material. I’m reminded of the penguin pooping on Jim Carrey’s face in the also deplorable Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Here is a dismal rule of thumb: When a Hollywood adaptation of a family story involves the hero’s beloved animal pooping on his head, it’s a sign that the filmmakers are not lovers of their material."
Here's a review from NPR that also rings true: