GLOBAL: The Top 10 Films of 2013

on December 30, 2013

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1. Iron Man 3

Disney

Global: $1.214B

Overseas:  $805.7M

North America: $409M

Overseas 66% / North America 34%

The biggest blockbuster of the year was the only film of 2013 to cross the $1 billion mark. The third installment in the Iron Man franchise posted a considerable improvement above its predecessors, Iron Man ($585M Worldwide) and Iron Man 2 ($622M Worldwide). The box office bump follows the massive success of Marvel's The Avengers, the 2012 juggernaut that collected $1.514B from the global box office. Iron Man 3 soared above the competition with a $121.2 million tally from China, its most important overseas market. There seems to be no stopping Robert Downey Jr. & Co. with these superhero movies, especially considering that the $409.1 million the film collected from North America only represents a third of its global total.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

China $121.2M

South Korea $64M

United Kingdom $57M

Mexico $48.5M

Brazil $48.3M

2. Despicable Me 2

Universal

Global: $920.7M

Overseas: $553M

North America: $367.7M

Overseas 60% / North America 40%

The Minions took over the world in 2013. The animated sequel became the most profitable film of all time for Universal and its second-highest release in history behind Jurassic Park’s $960 million. The film nearly doubled the $543 million global total of the original and is set to surpass Shrek 2 to become the fourth biggest animated film of all time. Universal might have expected a hit ahead of the film’s release, but no one imagined that the fledgling franchise would easily defeat competing films with built-in pre-awareness or loftier box office credentials. Despicable Me 2 will have a shot at the $1 billion mark with a January release in China.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

United Kingdom $72.2M

Mexico $47.7M

Germany $38.2M

France $36.9M

Brazil $35.6M 

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate

Global: $795.1M

Overseas: $404M

North America: $391.1M

Overseas 51% / North America 49%

The best selling young adult novels enjoyed a blockbuster transition to the big screen in last year’s The Hunger Games. The first film of the newly minted franchise grossed $686.5 million worldwide, a figure the sequel easily surpassed.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

United Kingdom  $52.3M

Germany  $39.8M

Australia  $33.1M

China  $28.1M

France  $25M 

4. Fast & Furious 6

Universal

Global: $788M

Overseas: $549.3M

North America: $238.6M

Overseas 69% / North America 31%

Fast 6 sped out of the gate by becoming Universal’s biggest U.S., overseas, and global opener of all time. The film hardly slowed down from its hot start and went on to hit a franchise record of $788 million worldwide.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

China  $65.6M

United Kingdom  $38.3M

Mexico  $36M

Russia  $33.9M

Germany  $29.9M 

5. Monsters University

Disney

Global: $738.8M

Overseas: $470.4M

North America: $268.4M

Overseas 63% / North America 37%

It took Disney Pixar over a decade to follow-up the success of Monsters, Inc. Audiences didn’t forget about Mike and Sulley in the twelve years between Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University as the Pixar prequel became Disney’s second biggest hit of the year behind Iron Man 3. Monsters University wasn’t a runaway hit in China, but an unexpected $89.2 million run in Japan helped launch the film to big numbers overseas. Argentina, not known as a traditionally powerful territory, contributed a strong $23.6 million to the film’s box office total.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

Japan  $89.2M

United Kingdom  $46.7M

Mexico  $37.2M

China  $33.7M

Argentina  $23.6M 

6. Man of Steel

Warner Brothers

Global: $662.8M

Overseas: $371.8M

North America: $291M

Overseas 56% / North America 44%

Superman’s return to the big screen was a significant improvement over the franchise’s previous iteration, Superman Returns, which only grossed $391 million worldwide. The key factor to the improvement became a new focus on the overseas market, where Man of Steel nearly doubled the overseas cume of its predecessor. China led the charge outside of North America with a $63.4 million contribution to the Caped Crusader’s latest cinematic effort. Man of Steel’s box-office results were optimistic enough to revalue the DC brand outside of Batman for Warner Brothers. The studio is currently developing a new film featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

China  $63.4M

United Kingdom  $46.5M

Australia  $22.5M

Mexico  $21.3M

France  $20.3M 

7. Gravity

Warner Brothers

Global: $653.3M

Overseas: $398.8M

North America: $254.5M

Overseas 61% / North America 39%

One of the year’s most pleasant box office surprises came with this critically lauded sci-fi epic from Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity reinforces a new blockbuster formula that was pioneered by Ang Lee’s Life of Pi ($611.7M Worldwide), offering audiences a visual spectacle from a celebrated auteur that maximizes the potential of IMAX and 3D.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

China  $68M

France  $47.3M

United Kingdom  $42.3M

South Korea  $29.2M

Russia  $21.2M 

8. Thor: The Dark World

Disney

Global: $629.3M

Overseas: $427M

North America: $202.3M

Overseas 67% / North America 33%

Marvel’s The Avengers helped push Iron Man 3 beyond the $1 billion mark, and the influence of 2012’s top grosser can also be seen in the box office bump for Thor: The Dark World. The original Thor grossed $446 million worldwide, a figure that Thor: The Dark World surpassed in a matter of weeks. Overseas audiences became the catalyst of this box office surge after the Thor sequel surpassed the lifetime cume of most major markets within the first three weeks of release.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

China  $55.3M

Russia  $36.2M

United Kingdom  $31.5M

Brazil  $27.2M

Mexico  $23.7M 

9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Warner Brothers

Global: $620.8M

Overseas: $424.8M

North America: $196M

Overseas 69% / North America 31%

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug became the top grossing film of the year in Germany over the final weekend of 2013. Germany was the top overseas market for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with $88.8 million en route to grossing $1.017 billion worldwide.  The second entry in the Hobbit trilogy is keeping pace with its predecessor as Warner Brothers looks for another billion dollar hit from the Tolkien universe.

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

Germany  $61.6M

United Kingdom  $48M

France  $38.5M

Russia  $29.2M

Spain  $18.6M 

10. The Croods

Fox

Global: $589.8M

Overseas: $402.6M

North America: $187.1M

Overseas 68% / North America 32%

A new animated franchise was born with the release of The Croods. The Prehistoric animated feature might have gotten away with some Ice Age nostalgia from overseas viewers, but The Croods was able to stand on its own and deliver a $589.8 million global cume -the highest of the year for a non-franchise animated feature. The Croods crossed the $400 million mark overseas in its first outing, will a sequel produce the same blockbuster results of Despicable Me 2?

TOP 5 OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

China  $63.6M

United Kingdom  $41.8M

Russia  $28.5M

Mexico  $27.4M

Australia  $25M 

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  • Kenneth said on December 31, 2013 03:40 PM

    Hobbit will obviously continue to climb. And Frozen will be in top ten when its run is over. These lists that only cover what movies made in a specific calendar year are unfair since movies that are released toward the end of the year never can have their total gross on them

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