Hollywood got a major boost from Tony Stark and other familiar faces at the global box office in 2013. Of the top 10 worldwide box office performers from this past year, eight were sequels or reboots, two were original properties and three were animated.
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Total worldwide gross: $1.2B
“Iron Man 3” not only crushed its competition, but beat its own franchise’s previous films by a longshot. 2010’s “Iron Man 2” grossed only about half what the final installment did, with $623 million. The third chapter is only second to “The Avengers” ($1.5 billion) in the Marvel movies.
Total worldwide gross: $918.7M
“Despicable Me 2” beat out “Monsters University,” “Planes,” “The Croods,” “The Smurfs 2” and the still-in-theaters “Frozen” to hold the title for highest grossing animated pic of the year. NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke called the film the “single most profitable film” in Universal’s history, second only to “Jurassic Park” in worldwide gross.
Total worldwide gross: $795.1M
"Catching Fire" is continuing to trump the first in the series, plus it's the highest-grossing action film with a female protagonist.
Total worldwide gross: $788.7M
Easily the most successful film in the “Fast” franchise, it also managed to hold its own against juggernauts “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Hangover Part III.” It was number one in its competitive opening weekend at the end of May.
Total worldwide gross: $743.6M
It’s not easy to crack into Pixar’s top three grossing movies, but the “Monsters Inc.” sequel managed to do so, behind “Toy Story 3” ($1 billion) and “Finding Nemo” ($936 million).
Total worldwide gross: $662.8M
“Superman Returns” earned approximately $102.5 million in its first five days (adjusting for ticket price inflation), which was noticeably lower than “Man of Steel’s” $128.6 million haul.
Total worldwide gross: $653.3M
The highest-grossing original film of the year was No. 1 at the box office for three weekends in a row. It’s also the biggest B.O. success of Sandra Bullock’s career.
Total worldwide gross: $629.4M
“The Dark World’s” 30% improvement over its Marvel predecessor, “Thor,” can be attributed to the success of “The Avengers,” which raised awareness of the hammer-clad superhero and his evil brother Loki.
Total worldwide gross: $587.2M
Dreamworks Animation put a sequel and new television series into production after the success of the cavepeople toon.