Grade: F Box Office: $214.8 I Budget: $100+
Not even Will Smith could save this postapocalyptic pic from becoming the summer’s first big-budget box office disaster. (Note: Grades are based on financial outlook; Box office based on global cume to date in millions of dollars; Budget based on estimated production cost.)
“Despicable Me 2” (Universal)
Grade: A+ Box Office: $470.6 I Budget: $76.0
More Minion power! This relatively modest-budgeted sequel scored the largest five-day opening ever for an animated film. Expect it to far exceed its predecessor’s $543 million global take.
Grade: B Box Office: $242.2 I Budget: $93.0
Blue Sky followed the success of “Ice Age” with this “FernGully”-like CGI film, but the studio had been upstaged by step-sibling DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods” two months earlier.
“Fast & Furious 6” (Universal)
Grade: A+ Box Office: $705.5 I Budget: $160.0
The sixth installment in Universal’s convention-defying franchise is now the series’ most successful worldwide. Until the seventh?
“The Great Gatsby” (WB)
Grade: B- Box Office: $329.4 I Budget: $105.0
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D spectacle ultimately made a pretty penny, but Warners — which plastered the world with the ilm’s marketing materials — had expected more.
“Grown Ups 2” (Sony)
Grade: A- Box Office: $43.2 I Budget: $80.0
The sequel already is off to a better start than its predecessor. Should we expect a third? Heaven forbid.
“The Hangover Part III” (WB)
Grade: C- Box Office: $350.5 I Budget: $135.0
The third and final “Hangover” proved that having a Memorial Day weekend release doesn’t guarantee threepeat success.
“The Heat” (Fox)
Grade: A Box Office: $128.4 I Budget: $42.0
Sandra Bullock + Melissa McCarthy = One estrogen-fueled, raunchy box office romp.
“The Internship” (Fox)
Grade: D Box Office: $68.9 I Budget: $58.0
Adults wanted to see Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson being raunchy (the pic was rated only PG-13), while teens didn’t care about a film focused on entering a tough job market (duh … that’s called life).
“Iron Man 3” (Disney)
Grade: A+ Box Office: $1.2 billion I Budget: $205.0
It’s been a Marvel, for sure. The comicbook arm’s first release of the year also stands to be the highest-grossing film of 2013.
“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (Lionsgate)
Grade: A Box Office: $26.1 I Budget: $2.5
Proving he’s a king of comedy, Kevin Hart scored an urban-targeted success at the domestic box office with his latest standup concert doc.
“The Lone Ranger” (Disney)
Grade: F Box Office: $119.5 I Budget: $250+
Hi-Yo Write-Down! Disney’s bloated bigscreen retelling of the old-time American Western series failed to wrangle audience interest around the world. Even Johnny Depp couldn’t stop this film from quickly riding into the sunset.
“Man of Steel” (WB)
Grade: A- Box Office: $618.2 I Budget: $225.0
Superman proved to be more popular overseas, where he hasn’t always flown high.
“Monsters University” (Disney)
Grade: A-Box Office: $474.2 I Budget: $185.0 Pixar’s perfect record of hits now stands at 14-0 with arguably its silliest installment yet. Coming soon: “Monsters Retirement Home”?
“Now You See Me” (Lionsgate)
Grade: A Box Office: $185.8 I Budget: $80.0
The first sleeper hit of summer 2013 took on some of the season’s biggest tentpoles … and won.
“Pacific Rim” (WB)
Grade; D Box Office: $90.4 I Budget: $185+
The monster mashup got off to a disappointing start domestically. Overseas grosses, which Warners projects will hit $300 million-plus, could save it from becoming an all-out disaster.
“The Purge” (Universal)
Grade: A Box Office: $76.0 I Budget: $3.0
Producer Jason Blum earned his largest Stateside opening yet with his first low-budget scarer for Universal. Heck, the pic was profitable after just one weekend.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” (Par)
Grade: B+ Box Office: $446.9 I Budget: $190.0
Paramount has committed to making a third “Star Trek” reboot, even though the sequel’s worldwide box office hardly lit up the cosmos.
“This Is the End” (Sony)
Grade: A Box Office: $97.8 I Budget: $32.0
James Franco + Seth Rogen + Jonah Hill + a constellation of stars playing themselves = One testosterone-fueled, raunchy box office romp.
“White House Down” (Sony)
Grade: D- Box Office: $82.7 I Budget: $150.0
The biggest risk for Sony this summer wound up becoming the studio’s second box office flop. “White House Down” … and out.
“World War Z” (Paramount)
Grade: B- Box Office: $423.2 I Budget: $190.0
While Paramount won the battle by getting “WWZ” off the ground, the war for profitability rages on, with overseas the pivotal battleground. (Note: Grades are based on financial outlook; Box office based on global cume to date in millions of dollars; Budget based on estimated production cost.)