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  • The 15 Highest-Grossing Movies Of 2013

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    gravity sandra bullock
    Space flicks, superheroes, and sequels made it a big year at the box office.
    We've compiled the 15 highest-grossing movies of the year worldwide, which made a combined $9.7 billion at theaters.
    We're aware there are still a few films coming out Christmas day, but we'll be surprised if "The Wolf of Wall Street" takes in $400 million+ by the end of the year.
    "The Hobbit" sequel "The Desolation of Smaug" will definitely make more money before the year's end, so we'll adjust accordingly.
    We know "Iron Man" tops the list. Let's see who else joins Robert Downey Jr.'s Marvel man.15. "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug": $403.8 million
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Release date: December 13
    Estimated budget:  $225 million
    Domestic gross: $127.5 million
    The sequel to last year's "An Unexpected Journey" may be bringing in plenty of box-office dollars, but it's off to a slower than the first film in the three-part trilogy ($127.5 million vs. $150 million domestically).
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
     
    14. "Pacific Rim": $407.6 million
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Release date: July 12
    Estimated budget: $190 million
    Domestic gross: $101.8 million 
    The monsters vs. robots movie from Guillermo del Toro may have underperformed in the states, but it made up for that overseas. A sequel is already in works for the film which ended up being the costliest sci-fi flick of the year.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    13. "The Wolverine": $414.8 million
    Studio: 20th Century Fox
    Page 2 of 6 - Release date: July 26
    Estimated budget: $120 million
    Domestic gross: $132.6 million 
    Forget Iron Man. Collective reviews even went so far as to call it the best superhero film of the summer. Still, Hugh Jackman's return as the Marvel slasher didn't perform nearly as well as the Wolverine Origins film from 2009 opening weekend. Instead, "The Wolverine" became another example of a film that took off abroad at theaters.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    12. "Star Trek Into Darkness": $467.4 million
    Studio: Paramount
    Release date: May 16
    Estimated budget: $190 million
    Domestic gross: $228.8 million 
    KHAN you guess the major twist in this movie? 
    Many thought after a weak streak at theaters, the sequel to the 2009 film would become the second movie of the year to break $100 million opening weekend. However, it debuted to $70.6 million — $5 million less than JJ Abrams' first "Star Trek" reboot.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    11. "Oz the Great and Powerful": $493.3 million
    Studio: Disney
    Release date: March 8
    Estimated budget: $215 million
    Domestic gross: $234.9 million 
    Not as big as the similarly marketed "Alice in Wonderland" which brought in $1 billion back in 2010, the first installment of "Oz" still crushed it at theaters despite sour reviews. Before the summer months began, it had the largest opening of the year. 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    10. "World War Z": $540 million

    Studio: Paramount

    Release date: June 21
    Page 3 of 6 - Estimated budget: $190 million
    Domestic gross: $202.4 million 

    Remember that time Vanity Fair ran a giant cover article trying to tear down Brad Pitt's zombie film because of its budget and reshoots? Months later it looks like Paramount's having the last laugh.

    (Source: Box Office Mojo)

    9. "The Croods": $587.2 million
    Studio: DreamWorks Animation
    Release date: March 22
    Estimated budget: $135 million
    Domestic gross: $187.2 million 
    After "The Rise of the Guardians" bombed last fall, DreamWorks  Animation's next film proved that was an anomaly. "The Croods" already has a sequel in the works. 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    8. "Thor: The Dark World": $627.1 million
    Studio: Disney
    Release date: November 8
    Estimated budget: $170 million
    Domestic gross: $200.8 million
    Marvel's "Thor" sequel topped the box office for two weeks in a row. The film's international opening helped Disney break its international box-office record this year.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    7. "Gravity": $652.3 million
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Release date: October 4
    Estimated budget: $100 million
    Domestic gross: $253.6 million 
    After "Pacific Rim" didn't perform well domestically for Warner Bros., space epic "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney became the must-see event of the fall. The film beat all expectations earning $55.6 million opening weekend.
    Page 4 of 6 - It then made an incredible $43 million its second week in theaters. It's not often a movie has that strong of a hold back-to-back weekends at theaters.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    6. "Man of Steel": $662.8 million
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Release date: June 14
    Estimated budget: $225 million
    Domestic gross: $291 million 
    Superman's return to theaters set a new opening-weekend record for June with $116 million. While it didn't make the $130 million some thought it was going to earn opening weekend, the film still ended up with the third-largest debut of the year.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    5. "Monsters University": $743.6 million
    Studio: Disney
    Release date: June 21
    Estimated budget: n/a
    Domestic gross: $268.5 million 
    The "Monsters Inc." sequel easily became the second-largest opening for a Disney / Pixar film with $82 million. "Toy Story 3" earned that title in 2010 with $110 millon upon its debut.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    4. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire": $765.3 million
    Studio: Lionsgate
    Release date: November 22
    Estimated budget: $130 million
    Domestic gross: $371.7 million 
    The girl on fire Jennifer Lawrence is red hot. Not only did the "Hunger Games" sequel have the second-highest opening weekend of the year with $158 million, but it also earned one of the highest-opening weekends ever at the box office behind "The Dark Knight."
    Page 5 of 6 - (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    3. "Fast & Furious 6": $788.7 million
    Studio: Universal
    Release date: May 24
    Estimated budget:  $160 million
    Domestic gross: $238.7 million 
    Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's car thriller had the largest 3-day opening of any "Fast and Furious" film with $98.5 million. The film led a record-breaking Memorial Day Weekend scoring $117 million over the course of four days.
    After Paul Walker's sudden death in November, Diesel announced the next installment will now be pushed back until spring 2015. 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    2. "Despicable Me 2": $918.5 million
    Studio: Universal
    Release date: July 3
    Estimated budget: $76 million
    Domestic gross: $367.5 million 
    Sorry Disney, but the biggest animated film of the year went to the return of the little yellow minions. They were part of Universal's one-two punch at theaters this year along with "Fast and Furious 6" to give the studio its best domestic year at theaters. The minions will be back in their own spin-off film 2015.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    1. "Iron Man 3": $1.2 billion
    Studio: Disney
    Release date: May 3
    Estimated budget:  $200 million
    Domestic gross: $409 million 
    Yes, billion with a capital B. Robert Downey Jr.'s return as Tony Stark was such a massive success because it was seen as a sequel to both 2010's "Iron Man 2" and last year's highest-grossing film, "The Avengers."
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