Here's a final look at the domestic box-office numbers from Summer 2013.
1. Iron Man 3 - $409.01 million
2. Despicable Me 2 - $364.78
3. Man of Steel - $291.05
4. Monsters University - $267.84
5. Fast & Furious 6 - $238.68
6. Star Trek into Darkness - $228.78
7. World War Z - $202.36
8. The Heat - $159.48
9. We're the Millers - $149.22
10. The Great Gatsby - $144.84
11. The Conjuring - $137.4
12. Grown Ups 2 - $133.32
13. The Wolverine - $132.28
14. Now You See Me - $117.72
15. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $115.07
16. The Hangover III - $112.2
17. Epic - $107.52
18. Pacific Rim - $101.8
19. This Is the End - $101.47
20. Elysium - $92.53
21. Planes - $89.33
22. The Lone Ranger - $89.3
23. Turbo - $82.75
24. 2 Guns - $75.61
25. White House Down - $73.1
26. The Smurfs 2 - $70.78
27. Percy Jackson : Sea of Monsters - $67.35
28. The Purge - $64.47
29. After Earth - $60.52
30. Red 2 - $53.26
31. The Internship - $44.67
32. Instructions Not Included - $44.14
RIPD - $33.62
The Mortal Instruments - $31.17
Kick-Ass 2 - $28.8
Jobs - $16.13
Getaway - $10.5
Peeples - $9.18
Paranoia - $7.39
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain - $32.24
Blue Jasmine - $32.21
Low-Budget, Didn't Break Out:
One D1rection: This Is Us - $28.87
The World's End - $25.96
The Way Way Back - $21.48
You're Next - $18.49
Fruitvale Station - $16.1
The Spectacular Now - $6.83
The Grandmaster - $6.59
The Bling Ring - $5.85
This is the first the 7th-highest grossing film of summer still crossed the $200 million mark, and the first time the 19th-highest grossing film crossed the $100 million mark. Wealth was spread.
For my own guesses, I though Man of Steel would outdo Iron Man 3 (til I saw MoS's reviews), I overestimated Hangover III, Epic, Smurfs 2, and After Earth; I underestimated Despicable Me 2, The Wolverine, World War Z, Grown Ups 2, The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, The Conjuring, Planes and This Is the End; I had Monsters U and Star Trek 2 switched; and I was about right on the rest.
I think World War Z and Pacific Rim showed that even if it costs a few million more, it's better to have Brad Pitt than Charlie Hunnam.
Per studio -
DISNEY - Iron Man 3, Monsters University, Planes, The Lone Ranger
The stand-out disappointment was The Lone Ranger, which is actually better than a couple of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, but the marketing came into focus too late, and the movie couldn't recover from its central problem of acting embarrassed by the squareness of its lead character. Disney's ended its deal with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer this year, and this flopping did not make Disney regret their decision. Meanwhile they're going to make out like kings with their Marvel deal.
UNIVERSAL - Despicable Me 2, Fast & Furious 6, 2 Guns, The Purge, RIPD, Kick-Ass 2
DM2 and F&F6 saved their summer. 2 Guns wound up being a break-even project with Denzel and Mark. The Purge was a nice cheapie that made quick bucks. RIPD was an expensive failure for them; they lost at least $150 million on it when all is said and done. KA2 was its own failure, unaided by bad reviews and co-star Jim Carrey condemning it months before it opened.
WARNER BROS - Man of Steel, We're the Millers, The Great Gatsby, The Conjuring, The Hangover III, Pacific Rim, Getaway
They threw a lot of things at the wall this summer. The delay of Great Gatsby from December 2012 to summer wound up being a smart move. Man of Steel made enough, and the semi-sequel Batman vs. Superman should make more, even if it's Ben Affleck taking over Dark Knight duties from Christian Bale. We're the Millers and The Conjuring were low-risk high-reward projects. Pacific Rim might break even someday thanks to its success overseas. Hangover III made its money, and thank goodness not enough to get the band back together again. Getaway was a tax write-off.
PARAMOUNT - Star Trek into Darkness, World War Z
They've been putting out fewer films per year, and it seems to be a sound plan. They've also found success in the spring (Hansel & Gretel, GI Joe 2, Pain & Gain) and fall (Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa).
FOX - The Heat, The Wolverine, Epic, Turbo, Percy Jackson 2, The Internship
The Heat was big, The Wolverine was big. Two animated films, neither of which took the world by storm, but Epic's already experienced a lot of success in PPV/DVD sales. Percy Jackson 2 was a risk to try to rejuvenate a potential franchise but it just doesn't look like it's going to happen.
SONY - Grown Ups 2, This Is the End, The Smurfs 2, After Earth
Hard to make a Will Smith movie bomb, but if you pair him with M. Night Shyamalan and give his kid the larger role, well, that's how you do it. Sony found more success with the Sandler formula and the Rogen formula, not to mention Smurfs 2 made enough overseas to justify Smurfs 3. in fact, Smurfs is one of those franchises made with overseas in mind over domestic.
LIONSGATE - Now You See Me, Red 2, Instructions Not Included, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, You're Next, Peeples
Lionsgate's working its way up. Red 2 may have disappointed, but when you look at budgets, NYSM, INI and KH:LME were all successful. You're Next didn't make its budget back, but I predict cult status on DVD for it.
WEINSTEIN - The Butler, Fruitvale Station, The Grandmaster
TRISTAR - Elysium, One D1rection: This Is Us
SONY PICTURES CLASSIC - Blue Jasmine, Before Midnight
SCREEN GEMS - The Mortal Instruments,
FOCUS - The World's End, Closed Circuit
FOX SEARCHLIGHT - The Way Way Back
OPEN ROAD - Jobs
RELATIVITY - Paranoia
A24 - The Spectacular Now, The Bling Ring