Sunday, 5 May 2013

The 10 Highest Grossing Films of 2013

Just some of the cinematic
heavy-weights hitting the silver screen
this year

As you may or may not have heard, a certain Marvel film hit cinema screens across the world in the last few weeks, kick-starting the 2013 blockbuster season. In just its first weekend, Iron Man 3 made nearly $200 million, effectively making back its entire budget in the space of just a few days. All this talk of money got me thinking; is Iron Man 3 set to make more than the gigantic $1.5 billion that The Avengers took this time last year?

So, with so many big releases set to hit the big screen across the next few months and beyond, I saw this as a great opportunity to hazard a guess at which 10 films would be making the most money in 2013.

Looking back at last year, the film that raked in the most moolah was The Avengers, making just over $1.5 billion dollars, making it the third highest grossing film of all time. Behind that, was Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, all with just over $1 billion apiece.

In fifth place was Ice Age: Continental Drift ($877m) followed by the final instalment of The Twilight Saga ($829m) and The Amazing Spider-man ($752m). Rounding out the top ten was Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($742m), The Hunger Games ($691m) and Men in Black 3 ($624m). 

For 2013, there is no shortage of heavy-weights that are ready to do battle on the silver screen. With superheroes, cowboys, dwarves and monsters alike all lining up to take your money, which movie this year is going to be the biggest? 

Mike and Sully are back in
Monsters University
Well, this week, Star Trek Into Darkness opens across the world followed by The Hangover III and Fast and Furious 6 in the weeks afterwards. The 2009 reboot of Star Trek didn't make shed loads of cash so it remains to be seen whether this one will fare that much better; it is at number 10 on my prediction list. Meanwhile, The Hangover Part II racked up over $500 million so I see no reason why this new one won't go even further. 

In June we have Monsters University, Man of Steel and World War Z, whilst July sees the release of The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim and The Wolverine. Monsters Inc. is one of the most beloved Pixar films so I'm hoping the prequel, Monsters University challenges Toy Story 3 for the highest grossing Pixar film. I placed it at number 4, just outside the $1 billion mark.

Looking further down the track we also have Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to look forward to and the second instalment of The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug around Christmas. Catching Fire is starting to get some really big excitement growing behind it so I'm thinking it'll more than outdo the $691 million made by the first film.

So what will the Top 10 Grossing films of 2013 look like once the numbers are in? Well, here's my predictions;

  1. Iron Man 3 - $1.3+ billion 
  2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 1.2+ billion
  3. Man of Steel - $1 billion
  4. Monsters University - $900 million
  5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $750 million
  6. Thor: The Dark World - $700 million
  7. The Lone Ranger - $650 million
  8. The Hangover Part III - $625 million
  9. Despicable Me 2 - $610 million
  10. Star Trek Into Darkness - $600 million

Let me know in the comment section below what you think and which films you think will make the most money this year. Be sure to subscribe to be notified from any new feeling fuzzier posts, reviews and features. 

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