The moviegoing weekend gets off to a mid-week start with Independence Day falling on a Thursday. On Wednesday, two big-time blockbuster wannabes hit theaters—one featuring a beloved summer-movie star of years past, the other a sequel to a 2010 animated smash.

'The Lone Ranger'

Here we learn the story of how lawman John Reid became the legendary Lone Ranger, all told from the point of view of his unlikely ally, Tonto, an American Indian spirit warrior.

Directed by Gore Verbinski

Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter

'Despicable Me 2'

Former master criminal Gru returns in this sequel which finds him trying to learn to live the straight life, but before long, he is tempted to go back to the dark side.

Directed by Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin

Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove