($833M worldwide, cost $76M)
Despite the exec shakeup, Universal has been riding high at the global box office, crossing $1.8 billion overseas last month, making it already the studio's biggest-grossing year ever. Domestically, the studio is at $1.24 billion, behind only last year's benchmark of $1.32 billion.
($788M worldwide, $160M cost)
The six-quel brought back Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, and the seventh installment, directed by James Wan, will be released in July 2014.
($286.2M worldwide, cost $120M)
Tom Cruise flew all around the world tubthumping for the pic — his efforts paid off as international audiences showed up at the theaters.
($174M worldwide, cost $35M)
The laffer, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was a surprise hit in February, topping the weekend box office in its first and third weeks.
($146.4M worldwide, cost $15M)
Produced by Guillermo del Toro and filmed in 2011, the horror pic cashed in on star Jessica Chastain’s breakout year.
($114.5 M worldwide)
International auds loved the dinosaurs — film opened to $32M in China in its first weekend.
($85.9M worldwide, cost $3M)
The low-budget genre pic surprised analysts with a $34M opening weekend, fueled by effective online marketing.
($75.4M worldwide, cost $61M)
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg paired up for a modest summer hit and earned a
($66.6M worldwide, cost $130M) The comic book adaptation failed to catch on, becoming one of the summer’s box office flops.
($55.4M worldwide, cost $28M)
The sequel comes three years after the first “Kick-Ass” launched Chloe Moretz’s career. Perhaps it was too long for fans to wait?
($26.1M worldwide, cost $38M) Vin Diesel’s “Riddick” returned to screens and won the box office. Diesel owns the rights to the character.