This year in review: 2013 box office hits and misses
Laura Webster | On 19, Dec 2013
2013 has been a big year for film.
I am continually surprised at the quality, range and uniqueness of film that is produced each year from around the world.
In saying that, I am also surprised at the lack of quality that often finds itself to our cinema screens.
This year we have seen hits, misses and everything in between.
While I like to do my research before committing to seeing a film, often the internet is wrong I am left thinking of all the ways I could have better spent the last two hours.
So, if you want to know which blockbuster films of 2013 you have to see, and which you should avoid, this is the list for you.
Here is a quick rundown of the box office hits and misses of 2013.
Hit: Iron Man 3
The third instalment of the Marvel franchise saw enormous box office takings of $1.2 billion. Following the first two films, I canâ€™t say I expected any less from the third. I mean, for the boys there is action and robots, for the girls there is Robert Downey Jnr.
Hit: Despicable Me 2
This rather unexpected hit far exceeded the success of the first movie and had world wide box office takings of $806 million. While I didnâ€™t take time out to see the film, millions of children and their parents did. It’s safe to say that the franchise now has a large following of their very own minions.
Hit: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The most anticipated film of the year did not fail to impress audiences world wide, with current world wide box office takings in excess of $600 million. Evidently, everyone wants to follow the rebellion of Katniss Everdeen. If you had seen the first film, you saw the second. If you hadnâ€™t seen the first film, Iâ€™m sure you saw the second anyway.
Miss: The Fifth Estate
Wikileaks biopic, The Fifth Estate, has been named the biggest box office flop of 2013. The topical issue of Julian Assangeâ€™s fight for information freedom saw the film make a mere $6 million at the box office, earning back only 21% of the filmâ€™s total budget.
Miss: The Lone Ranger
Johnny Deppâ€™s brilliant character adaptation no longer has the allure it used to. At first glance, the American Western thriller seemed edgy, action packed and a little comedic â€“ the perfect mix for a box office hit. However, lack of box office takings saw Disney lose up to $190 million on the film.
Miss: White House Down
American political dramas, especially ones involving an attack on the White House, are always touchy subjects. Despite the allure of a chiseled Channing Tatum, the film had worldwide box office takings of $117 million, well below the production budget of $150 million. Itâ€™s fair to say White House Down was a flop â€“ better luck next time, Channing.
Just remember, you can love a miss, and hate a hit – it’s not always about the box office results.