Hey People! With 2013 now coming to a close, we take a look at the year’s 10 biggest box office hits.
Two films that made the domestic Top 10 — Oz the Great and Powerful in eighth place with $234.9 million and Star Trek Into Darkness in ninth place with $228.8 million — didn’t crack the worldwide Top 10. So which films did?
Check out the Top 10 worldwide box office hits below:
10. World War Z: Brad Pitt and Paramount have taken the Zombie Genre to a whole new place with World War Z. Not so much a horror movie as a globe spanning international thriller. The film is a mostly effective rethinking of the concept of the living dead. It’s big, it’s solid and it’s as close to an epic as a horror movie has ever gotten regardless of some clichéd scenes that totally dropped the logic and real world feel that the movie had maintained. Still World War Z earned itself a solid $540 million worldwide.
9. The Croods: The comedy adventure that takes us back to the beginning – to a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious – a time when Mother Nature was still experimenting. While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods proved to be solid entertainment for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure and bagged itself and DreamWorks Animation a better $587.2m.
8. Thor: The Dark World: Also known as “Thor 2”, “That second Thor Movie”, “Sango’s half-brother has a movie” or whatever fancy names the kids are giving these days. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Thor: The Dark World may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but it still offers plenty of the humor and high-stake action that fans have come to expect and made $621.6m in worldwide Box Office sales.
7. Gravity: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I see how they finished us with the cast of this movie. Yes, I know these things, I attend conspiracy theorists anonymous.
Gravity tells the story of two astronauts (Sandra Bullock as Dr Ryan Stone and George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski) who get stuck in space while undergoing a mission on the international space station. They both have to survive the ordeal and make it back to earth in one piece while being tethered together. Gravity is an extraordinary cinematic triumph that in turn took in a triumphant $642.5 million.
6. Man Of Steel: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ………Super Man! (you have no idea how long I’ve waited to do that). Man of Steel revisits superman’s origin but unlike Batman Begins it’s not quite as interested in justifying all aspects of Superman’s mythology. We find out why he has the fortress of solitude, why his costume is the way it is, but at a certain point you just accept the fact that this is an alien on earth and you run with it. Man of Steel, possibly the best superman film since the 1978 original bagged a more than impressive $662.8 million.
5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Like every other book-reading teen on the planet, I love the Hunger Games series. When the first movie rolled around, I was unhappy with the casting, effects and disloyalty to the core of what our beloved story of The Girl Who Was on Fire is truly about. Catching Fire on the other hand renewed my faith in movie adaptations. The duo of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson delivered a breath-taking thriller and brought home a worldwide gross of $738.3 million
4. Monsters University: If you were ever worried that animation giant Pixar was dipping into the same old wells too often (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” et al), the announcement of a prequel to their 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.” might have given you cause to pause(hehe. Lil Wayne has nothing on me). “Monsters University”, which pictures Billy Crystal’s one-eyed goblin Mike and John Goodman’s fuzzy blue scare-master Sully as students attending Scare U turned out to be a very funny, lovable, classic college themed movie. I wouldn’t say this is Pixar’s greatest work but they did set a really high bar for themselves making $743.6 million at the Box Office.
3. Fast and Furious 6: Or as the opening credits declare ‘Furious 6.” Fast and Furious 5 is a tough act for any movie to follow but Fast and Furious 6 pulls it off. Furious 6 is basically a “round up the gang western” where the outlaws are the only ones who can help their former lawman adversary track down an even worse criminal. Of course the highlights of every Fast and Furious movie are the car scenes and Furious 6 didn’t disappoint in this regard. F&F 5 took in $626,137,675million but Furious 6 tracked it down bringing in $788.7 million worldwide.
2. Despicable Me 2: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history, this year however, Despicable Me 2 returned offering eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs and made the good people at Universal and Illumination $918.4 million in Box Office sales.
*And the number one highest grossing movie of 2013 is…. *drumroll please*
1. Iron Man 3: The first Iron Man movie was a brilliant origin story that helped to kick start Marvel’s first phase of movie magic. The second movie was a bit of a misfire failing to recapture the fun of its predecessor. With Iron Man 3 however the studio decided to kick things up a notch with director Shane Black taking over the co-writing and directing duties from Jon Favreau. With the help of its charismatic lead (Downey) who has by the way shown us that the man makes the suit, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon. Iron Man 3 has snaked a massive 1.2 billion and is now the 5th highest grossing movie of all time.