Infographic: Top Grossing 2013 Summer Movies


We’re smack dab in the middle of the Fall movie season and all the big awards contenders are either now playing or opening soon. When the quality of films goes up, and the temperature goes down, the summer movie season starts to feel like a distant memory. These days, you can see films like Iron Man 3, Monsters University and Man of Steel on Blu-ray. My how times have changed.

There were some huge, huge hits over this summer though, as well as some major surprises and huge bombs. A new infographic by the Dish Network, oddly enough, breaks them all down in a colorful, interesting, cool way. Check it out below. Read More »


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Grand Theft Auto 5

If Grand Theft Auto V were a theatrically-released movie instead of a video game, enough people would have bought tickets to earn only $227.4 million at the global box office. That box office number would be just enough to make it only the #453 largest grossing film ever worldwide – just under The Green Hornet, The Heat, Mr. Bean’s Holiday and Space Jam.

I’ll admit, I’m trolling video gamers a bit with this comparison — But I got your attention right? That said, the math is real:

29 million gamers bought GTAV, times that by the current movie ticket average of $7.84 a ticket (believe it or not, it is actually that low) equals a $227.4 million dollar gross at the box office.

If you’ve gotten this far (five sentences in) and didn’t just jump directly to the comments to post how I’m an idiot after reading only the headline or first sentence – Thank you smart reader! This actually isn’t the video game hit piece you might expect from the headline. The report on GTA V’s sales last week sent me on a journey to see how that, and the video game industry as a whole, compares to the movie business. Please join me in taking a fair and balanced look at the real numbers, perceived value and how its unfair to compare two entertainment industries in simple terms.

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Pacific Rim - Mako

Much as we like to bemoan the dearth of original ideas in Hollywood, it’s clear why the studios prefer to bet big on existing properties. The 2013 box office has been dominated so far by sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, and adaptations — as was the 2012 box office, the 2011 box office, and so on.

Still, a handful of truly new films manage to break through each year, and this year none has broken through harder than Pacific Rim. While the Guillermo del Toro-directed sci-fi failed to make much of an impression domestically, its worldwide tally is the highest of any live-action movie released in 2013 based on an original idea. Hit the jump to read more about its box office ascendancy.

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Summer 2013 is on track to become the best ever at the domestic box office, but you wouldn’t know it from the number of flops that have limped through theaters over the past few months.

Indeed, by some measures, this season includes five of the fifty biggest flops of the past two decades. Moreover, of those five, four are in theaters at this very moment. Hit the jump to find out which ones, and just how terribly they’re doing.

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Calculating how much money a film’s made at the box office is (relatively) easy. Figuring out how much of that translates into profit for the studio can be a little trickier. Many more factors need to be considered, such as how much the picture cost to make and market, what cut of the international gross the studio gets, and so on.

But the folks at Universal have crunched those numbers, and lo and behold, they’ve discovered that 2013 is a pretty great year in at least one sense. One of the year’s releases has blown up big to become not just one of the studio’s top-grossing films of all time, but its most profitable. Find out which one after the jump.

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Movie Tickets

Call it inflation, call it the cost of helping pay for $200 million movies, but the average price of a movie ticket raises every single year. Every single year the record for most expensive average movie ticket is broken and 2013 follows the trend. What separates this year from others is that we’ve finally crossed the $8 threshold. The cost has been in the $7 range since 2008, But after being $7.96 in 2012, the average cost of a single movie ticket is now $8.38. That’s a huge jump. Read More »

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The battle between Marvel and DC was fought in the aisles of comic book stores and in the minds of fans for decades. In the past decade it has moved to the movie screen and box office. And despite being a relative newcomer to the movie business, Marvel isn’t just trouncing DC in the world-building department. The company is winning at the box office, too. (These things may be related.)

Below, check out a chart that graphs the global box-office performance of major features by Marvel Studios and DC movies produced through Warner Bros. over the past decade. Read More »

The Lone Ranger

After months of trailers, TV spots, posters, and other marketing for The Lone Ranger, it’s easy to forget the movie almost never happened at all. Back in 2011, Disney slammed the brakes over concerns about its over-$250 million budget, and decided to move forward only after director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer trimmed it down to $215 million.

As it turns out, though, even that lower figure wasn’t enough to put the project in the black. Following a disastrous opening weekend, Disney stands to lose up to $150 million on The Lone Ranger. That’s not quite as rough as the $200 million lost by John Carter in 2011, but it’s pretty crappy. Hit the jump for more on what happened.

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Google Search

Your e-mails, your searches, your browsing, these days almost all of it done through Google. That means there’s basically nothing the giant company doesn’t know about you and the people around you. It also kind of means they know everything about everything which, according to a new study, relates directly to box office.

Google has released a study that says, by analyzing searches for movie trailers and the prevalence of a franchise on the Internet, they can predict the potential box office of any movie with up to 94% accuracy. And that’s just one of the many revelations the company has made using your data to look at Hollywood. Read More »

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