Alright, everyone. I'm going to throw a math problem at you, okay? Are you ready for it? Here it is:
250,000,000 (the budget for The Lone Ranger)
-81,000,000 (how much money the movie has made so far)
= ? (how bad Disney is going to eat the costs)
If your answer was, "a crapload of money," then congratulations, you are correct! And by "a crapload of money," I mean to say roughly $160,000,000 dollars (That's a hundred and sixty MILLION), and if you're wondering what that number is, it's how much Disney stands to lose on The Lone Ranger at this point. The awful thing is, that's a more optimistic figure that was being tossed around even a few weeks ago, which was $190,000,000.
But not to worry, everyone, because is here to argue that the film didn't REALLY bomb, not really. Yep, that's right. If you're sitting there at the moment asking yourself, "How...is this not bombing, exactly?" tinged with more than a little confusion, you're not alone. I'm right there with you. But no, according to the Tonto actor, such is not the case and it's all a matter of perception, as he recently said in an interview while in the UK where he and costar were promoting the film:
I don't have no expectations. But other people do. I think critics were especially upset that it didn't REALLY tank. You know what I mean? I think they were hoping that it would really take a dive.
Oh, Johnny. Now you're just being disingenuous. You've been in the industry for 30 years and you mean to tell me that when Disney throws over two hundred million into a film, you have no expectations for it? No expectations that it should - and needs to be - successful at all? Really?
I don't know about you, but I like Depp, and, unlike many people who follow Moviepilot (youngins, all of you), I remember the time before Depp was Captain Jack Sparrow. Since then, his efforts have sometimes been great, but more often than not, they've been middling to downright awful (Dark Shadows, anyone?). I'd love to see him get back to deeper, more nuanced roles, but as yet another film in which Depp slathers on the black and white facepaint and plays a slapstick caricature of himself, The Lone Ranger isn't that film. I hope and fully expect upcoming sci-fi flick Transcendence will be that movie for him, but for now, Depp should go back to school and retake elementary math, because that was a lesson that clearly didn't stick.
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