Friday, January 3, 2014

Top 10 Box Office Films of 2013 - Weekend Roundup SPECIAL EDITION

This past year has been full of great movies.  Some made hundreds of millions of dollars, while others, no matter how good, just didn't get the love they deserved.  Now that 2013 has come to an end, we have decided to take a look at the Top 10 Films at the Box Office for 2013.  Let's start with the #10 spot...


Release Date:  May 16, 2013

The sequel to J. J. Abrams' 2009 smash hit, Star Trek Into Darkness took the story of Kahn Noonien Singh and spun it in a way people weren't expecting.  This was one of my Top 10 films of the year.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $228,778,661


Release Date:  March 8, 2013

This highly anticipated new take on the world of Oz hit theaters in March and dominated the box office.  It was a wonderful view of this magnificent world, giving us a peak at a pre-Dorothy Oz, and how the Wiard and the witches came to be who they are.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $234,911,825


Release Date:  May 24, 2013

In the newest installment in the wildly successful Fast & Furious franchise, we see all of our favorite characters return, including Michelle Rodriguez's Letty!  I felt this film was a great addition to the series for one major finally tied in the events of The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift.  I've been waiting so long for them to catch up and show us what happens after, and now we'll get it in 2015 (it was pushed back from its original 2014 release date due to the tragic death of Paul Walker).

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $238,679,850


Release Date:  October 4, 2013

One of the most visually stunning and suspenseful films of the year.  This sci-fi/drama told a very compelling story, which was able to not be overshadowed by it's big name stars, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  Definitely one of the best sci-fi films of the year.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $254,587,000


Release Date:  June 21, 2013

This cute prequel to the classic 2001 Pixar film, Monsters, Inc., was definitely an enjoyable extension of the first film.  Getting the chance to see Mike and Sully in college was awesome and relatable.  However, I feel, without Boo, it lacked a certain "cute factor" that made the first so beloved.  I would have even liked to have seen Mike and Sully telling her their college story as she's getting ready to leave for school.  But overall, it was a nice way to bring those characters back.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $268,492,764


Release Date:  November 22, 2013

This fun animated Disney film has been killing it at the box office ever since it's release.  It has spent the last 6 weeks in the Top 3 and I wouldn't be surprised if it continued to do this well for the next couple weeks.  Definitely a great follow-up for Disney after the release of Wreck-It Ralph.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $271,811,587


Release Date:  June 14, 2013

My favorite comic book movie of the year and second favorite overall movie of the year, Man of Steel took the bumbling oaf that has been Clark Kent in previous films and made him a more emotionally-driven, confident hero, who's forced to realize his full strength and power in a way he's never had to before.  Several people complained about the amount of destruction in the film, but seeing as he had never been in a super-powered fight before and didn't truly know his own strength, it was exactly what I hoped for and more.  Now he knows what he can do, and can act accordingly to prevent such severe damage in the future, setting up the "Man of Steel" we all know and love.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $291,045,518


Release Date:  July 3, 2013

My favorite animated film of the year, Despicable Me 2 brings all the fun, cuteness, and laughs of the first film and gives us a much needed second dose.  Gru is hilarious, the three little girls are adorable, and the minions...well, the minions are the best part of these movies.  This movie kept me laughing throughout the entire thing.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $367,835,345


Release Date:  November 22, 2013

The sequel to last years smash-hit, The Hunger Games, broke records with its opening weekend and the following Thanksgiving weekend.  Just as good as the first, Catching Fire brought me back to the world of Katniss and Pan Am as if I had never left.  I can't wait to see what they have in store for the final two films.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $393,474,778

#1 - IRON MAN 3

Release Date:  May 3, 2013

It's no surprise that Marvel was able to bank over $400 million domestically (and over $1.2 billion worldwide) with their first film in Phase Two and the third in the Iron Man franchise.  Coming off of the success of The Avengers, this film was sure to make a lot, but what really did it was the quality of the film.  With the classic Tony Stark humor mixed with the overwhelming brevity of the events of the film, Iron Man 3 set the stage for Marvel's second phase in a magnificent way.  Being followed by Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming films Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's spotlight is a far, far way from fading, and I am very excited to see what comes next.

2013 Total Domestic Gross: $409,013,994

2013 has been full of amazing films and I'm very excited to see what 2014 has in store.  Please make sure you check us out on Facebook (Previously Untitled) and follow us on Twitter (@PU_FilmBlog)!


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