Hits and Misses at the Box Office for 2013

Let’s have a look at which of the movies made it big and which tanked in the year 2013.

The Hits

  • Iron Man 3


Robert Downey Jr. gave the biggest hit of 2013; it was the third installment of Iron Man, Iron Man 3. The movie had a $174 million opening and went on to cross the staggering figure of $1 billion. The total budget of the movie was $200 million.

  • Frozen

FrozenFor the first time in forever, an animated movie has done so much business. Frozen emerged as a successful blockbuster by the end of 2013 and earned a little over $1.2 billion in worldwide gross earnings. For a movie which had a budget of $250 million, this is huge, and the producers were definitely happy. But Disney fans were happier. Frozen went on to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature later on at the 2014 Academy Awards.

  • Despicable Me 2

2013 was an excellent year of animated features, and the business that Despicable Me 2 had is proof of that phenomenon. Earning $970 million in global revenue, with only $76 million production budget, this Steve Carell starrer was one of the biggest hits of the year.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

the_hobbit_the_desolation_of_smaug-wideThe first part of the Hobbit franchise did amazingly in 2012, and of course fans returned to theatres for the sequel. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, based on the famous book “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, is the continuation of the tale of Bilbo Baggins in the mythical land of Middle-Earth, starring Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, and Benedict Cumberbatch (to name a few actor). Directed by Peter Jackson, the second part of the Hobbit took home $950 million in global revenue, making it a highly profitable venture for the producers who invested only $250 million in production.

  • Star Trek into Darkness

With amazing special effects, starring Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, Star Trek into Darkness attracted all Star Trek fans world over. With a production budget of $190 million, the movie crossed the $450 million mark in worldwide gross earnings, making it a summer blockbuster.

The Misses

  • Before Midnight

The film did not fail the box office due to quality, because it was later nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The credit for its failure should go to its limited release, with it gracing only a few hundred theaters in the US. With only $11 million in revenue, and production budget of $3 million, Before Midnight turned out to be a great disappointment at the box office.

  • The Last Exorcism Part 2

LASTEXORCISM2_QUAD_FINALA horror film, with its R rating for strong graphic violence, is bound to limit its audience hence businesses income. The Last Exorcism Part 2 was able to gather only $15 million in revenue, which still turned out profitable for producers who had invested only $5 million into the project.

  • Nebraska

This Oscar-nominated feature failed to impress the box office charts due to its serious storyline and low entertainment appeal. Will Forte, the star of Nebraska, has presented a phenomenal performance in the film, garnering an Oscar-nomination for himself for his role. However, with only $17 million in box office business, on a budget of $12 million to begin with, Nebraska has been a bummer at the box office.

The_Bling_Ring_posterThis Emma Watson starrer was expected to impress, but fell flat on the box office with only $19 million in global earnings. A film with only $8 million production budget, the Bling Ring had a great cast, storyline, and making. The marketing for the film’s release was extensively done, with the trailer gathering positive reviews. The film, however, received a very limited release, with only 800 theatres releasing it, limiting its audience and hence its box office mojo.

  • Diana

This highly anticipated feature, starring critically acclaimed actress Naomi Watts, failed to impress both critics and viewers. You’d expect a film surrounding the life of the highly lovable late Princess Diana to make an impressive box office debut, but the appeal was only international. Domestically, in the US, Diana did business worth only $335K, whereas the rest of the world offered $21 million to Diana in business revenue. Still, with a production budget of $15 million, the film Diana is a flop.

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