1. Iron Man 3
BV $1,215.4 $409.0 33.7% $806.4 66.3%
2. Despicable Me 2
Uni. $918.8 $367.8 40.0% $551.0 60.0%
3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
LGF $797.5 $393.5 49.3% $404.0 50.7%
Above is a list of the top 3highest grossing movies of 2013 (with Iron Man 3 becoming the 5th highest grossing movie of all time). These movies were the most successful. Does that mean they were the best? Not necessarily, but they did make the most money. Many people have different opinions about these films (and STRONG opinions these are) and I have decided to voice my opinion on the top 5 box office hits of 2013.
1. Iron Man 3 ($1,215.4 Billion)
As most highly anticipated sequels do, Iron Man 3 brought in hype and cash. Obviously Robert Downey Jr. did his smart-ass/witty thing and made audiences laugh while the supporting cast like Don Cheadle and Gwenyth Paltrow became crucial parts in the plot's climax. However, Sir Ben Kingsley's performance as "The Mandarin" brought a negative reaction from comic book fans due to the controversial twist on one of Iron Man's greatest foes. As astonished as I was with the extreme levels of anger comic book fans had, I couldn't help but wish that the Mandarin had gotten to use those infamous 10 rings of power. Despite my own opinions, I still couldn't ignore the amount of over-reactions I saw over the internet. Marvel has stated multiple times that they have created their own cinematic universe that is original and is not entirely based on story arks from the comics. Although it might be infuriating to see a classic character redone in a campy twist, die-hard fans must recognize Marvel's originality with their extremely successful MCU. Clearly, it was a well-received and "good" movie or it would not of made $1.2 Billion. (Either that or that many people saw it out of curiosity following the Avengers and were sadly disappointed...) Look back into your childhood with this Lego Iron Man 3 trailer. (Props to Antonion Toscano on YouTube)
2. Despicable Me 2 ($918.8)
With a slight drop off from the #1 spot, Despicable Me 2 placed second with $918.8 million. Another sequel that brings in money. I was very impressed with the balance of slap-stick/childish humor (which was obviously directed towards a younger audience) and the more subtle humor that only older audiences would catch. The minions steal the show according to my younger cousin, and use their silly language to engage the audience in a laugh for the whole family. Pharrell Williams returns with another brilliant soundtrack to accompany the film with popular single "Happy" while Kristen Wiig is introduced as Gru's love interest Lucy Wilde. Despicable Me 2 exceeded my expectations and convinced me that Steve Carell is the man.
Enjoy Steve Carell dressed as Gru scaring the crap out of Tony on Ellen.
3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($797.5)
Jennifer Lawrence. Need I say more? She truly makes the movie by delivering an astounding performance as Katniss Everdeen who becomes conflicted between her two love interests, Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) while battling for her own life as well. After the Hunger Games was release in 2012, audiences were familiar with characters such as Peeta and Gale which made it easier for their supporting roles to receive more love. Although I'd already read the book, I was still kept on the edge of my seat in the theater in spite of wonderful acting and directing. Please enjoy watching the actors of the Hunger Games being replaced by hilarious parody voice actors in this video. (Thank Bad Lip Readings)
Although I may not think that these were the best films of 2013, I can't deny their success. 2013 was a great year for movies and 2014 is looking even better. Not to mention the 2015 which holds so many highly anticipated movies such as Batman vs. Superman, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars Episode VII and many more. Hope everyone had a happy new year, now go see a good movie.