Kyle J. Steenblik

Kyle’s 2013 movie wrap-up

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2013 has ended and with it a string of some pretty good film releases.  Here is how things ended up on January 1st.

The top box office gross spot belongs to Iron Man 3, followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Despicable Me 2, Man of Steel, Monsters University, Frozen, Gravity, Fast & Furious 6, Oz The Great and Powerful, and the number 10 spot belongs to Star Trek Into Darkness.

While that is not a bad top ten, it is not surprising, except for Catching Fire and Frozen.  It’s impressive to see late November films in the top ten box office gross for a year.  That surprised me, most of those spots go to spring and summer releases, giving them ample time to eat up the box office receipts.  I suppose that would lead to a slightly obvious question.  Are those top ten films any good?  yes, at least most of them are well worth watching.  There are mixed feelings about Star Trek Into Darkness, mine are probably the most mixed.  I felt that film highlights the weaknesses of J.J. Abrams with a very harsh light.  Oz The Great and Powerful felt a bit confused and a little too much like a tribute film than the unique story it could have been.

Spots 11 through 20 belong to; Thor: The Dark World, World War Z, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Croods, The Heat, We’re the Millers, The Great Gatsby, The Conjuring, Identity Thief, and Grown Ups 2.  Personally I think we should scratch Grown Ups 2 off the list because it’s an atrocity that detracted from better movies.  I like to imagine the cast of that movie buying a few thousand tickets each to pad the numbers.

All that is really just about numbers, how much money each film took in from opening to closing, or from opening to the end of the year.  I would love to put together a list of top 10 or top 20 films of the year, but I could realistically only do that if I had seen them all.  Or close to all of them.  So what I will do, is give you a list, in no particular order, well probably alphabetical, of my favorite films this year.  I’ll call this my list of movies you should consider buying, renting, borrowing, or streaming.  They are worth your time.  I limited it to 21, that seems a bit long, but really, it could have been at least 3 or 4 longer.

 

  • American Hustle

  • Don Jon

  • Elysium

  • Epic

  • Frozen

  • Gravity

  • Iron Man 3

  • Man of Steel

  • Monsters University

  • Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

  • Pacific Rim

  • Saving Mr. Banks

  • The Fifth Estate

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • The Sapphires

  • The Way, Way Back

  • The Wolverine

  • The World’s End

  • Thor: The Dark World

  • Warm Bodies

 

So that’s not very interesting.  You know what I like, how about this.  my short list of movies I would rather not sit through again.  Here is my mercifully short list of my least favorite films of 2013.

 

  • After Earth

  • Into The Wonder

  • Movie 43

  • Oz The Great and Powerful

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

  • The Lone Ranger

If you have avoided these, good job, continue to do so, they are not worth the time you would spend watching them.

So those are my lists, what are your favorites or least favorite films from last year?

Here is the raw data, courtesy of Box Office Mojo

Rank

Movie Title

Total Gross

Open

1

Iron Man 3

$409,013,994

3-May

2

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

$393,474,778

22-Nov

3

Despicable Me 2

$367,766,870

3-Jul

4

Man of Steel

$291,045,518

14-Jun

5

Monsters University

$268,492,764

21-Jun

6

Frozen

$263,091,000

22-Nov

7

Gravity

$254,587,000

4-Oct

8

Fast & Furious 6

$238,679,850

24-May

9

Oz The Great and Powerful

$234,911,825

8-Mar

10

Star Trek Into Darkness

$228,778,661

16-May

11

Thor: The Dark World

$202,515,122

8-Nov

12

World War Z

$202,359,711

21-Jun

13

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

$201,529,000

13-Dec

14

The Croods

$187,168,425

22-Mar

15

The Heat

$159,582,188

28-Jun

16

We’re the Millers

$150,394,119

7-Aug

17

The Great Gatsby

$144,840,419

10-May

18

The Conjuring

$137,400,141

19-Jul

19

Identity Thief

$134,506,920

8-Feb

20

Grown Ups 2

$133,668,525

12-Jul

21

The Wolverine

$132,556,852

26-Jul

22

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

$122,523,060

28-Mar

23

Now You See Me

$117,723,989

31-May

24

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

$116,598,000

27-Sep

25

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

$116,175,112

16-Aug

26

The Hangover Part III

$112,200,072

23-May

27

Epic

$107,518,682

24-May

28

Captain Phillips

$104,287,640

11-Oct

29

Pacific Rim

$101,802,906

12-Jul

30

This is the End

$101,470,202

12-Jun

31

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

$101,268,000

25-Oct

32

Olympus Has Fallen

$98,925,640

22-Mar

33

42

$95,020,213

12-Apr

34

Elysium

$93,050,117

9-Aug

35

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

$91,067,000

18-Dec

36

Planes

$90,288,712

9-Aug

37

The Lone Ranger

$89,302,115

3-Jul

38

Oblivion

$89,107,235

19-Apr

39

Insidious Chapter 2

$83,586,447

13-Sep

40

Turbo

$83,028,128

17-Jul

41

2 Guns

$75,612,460

2-Aug

42

White House Down

$73,103,784

28-Jun

43

Mama

$71,628,180

18-Jan

44

Safe Haven

$71,349,120

14-Feb

45

The Smurfs 2

$71,017,784

31-Jul

46

The Best Man Holiday

$70,287,750

15-Nov

47

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

$68,476,632

7-Aug

48

A Good Day to Die Hard

$67,349,198

14-Feb

49

Warm Bodies

$66,380,662

1-Feb

50

Jack the Giant Slayer

$65,187,603

1-Mar

51

The Purge

$64,473,115

7-Jun

52

Last Vegas

$62,693,001

1-Nov

53

Ender’s Game

$61,235,444

1-Nov

54

Prisoners

$61,002,302

20-Sep

55

After Earth

$60,522,097

31-May

56

American Hustle

$60,035,000

13-Dec

57

Escape From Planet Earth

$57,012,977

15-Feb

58

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$55,703,475

25-Jan

59

Free Birds

$54,414,000

1-Nov

60

Evil Dead (2013)

$54,239,856

5-Apr

61

Red 2

$53,262,560

19-Jul

62

Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

$51,975,354

29-Mar

63

The Call

$51,872,378

15-Mar

64

Pain and Gain

$49,875,291

26-Apr

65

Gangster Squad

$46,000,903

11-Jan

66

Jurassic Park 3D

$45,385,935

5-Apr

67

The Internship

$44,672,764

7-Jun

68

Instructions Not Included

$44,467,206

30-Aug

69

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

$44,290,911

13-Dec

70

Saving Mr. Banks

$44,085,000

13-Dec

71

Snitch

$42,930,462

22-Feb

72

Riddick

$42,025,135

6-Sep

73

The Wolf of Wall Street

$41,598,000

25-Dec

74

A Haunted House

$40,041,683

11-Jan

75

12 Years a Slave

$37,883,648

18-Oct

76

The Family (2013)

$36,896,939

13-Sep

77

Carrie (2013)

$35,266,619

18-Oct

78

Texas Chainsaw 3D

$34,341,945

4-Jan

79

R.I.P.D.

$33,618,855

19-Jul

80

Blue Jasmine

$33,010,931

26-Jul

81

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

$32,244,051

3-Jul

82

Side Effects (2013)

$32,172,757

8-Feb

83

Scary Movie 5

$32,015,787

12-Apr

84

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

$31,512,000

25-Dec

85

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

$31,165,421

21-Aug

86

Delivery Man

$29,674,892

22-Nov

87

One Direction: This is Us

$28,873,374

30-Aug

88

Kick-Ass 2

$28,795,985

16-Aug

89

Rush (2013)

$26,947,624

20-Sep

90

The Host (2013)

$26,627,201

29-Mar

91

The World’s End

$26,004,851

23-Aug

92

21 and Over

$25,682,380

1-Mar

93

Escape Plan

$24,968,867

18-Oct

94

Don Jon

$24,444,429

27-Sep

95

Walking with Dinosaurs

$24,350,000

20-Dec

96

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

$22,537,881

15-Mar

97

47 Ronin

$22,414,160

25-Dec

98

The Big Wedding

$21,819,348

26-Apr

99

Mud

$21,590,086

26-Apr

100

Baggage Claim

$21,569,509

27-Sep

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