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January 5, 2014


Boxoffice – Top 10 Global Movies of 2013

by Master Pillow

Yesterday I posted the top 10 domestic box office movies of the year so it stands to reason that today I’ll post the International companion list.  Well, here it is!  This list combines the domestic and International grosses into a total global gross and the resulting list is actually quite different from the top 10 domestic one.  Sure, some of the same movies are present on both lists but their positioning has certainly changed.

No, your eyes do not deceive you as Iron Man 3 still tops this list with a whopping $1.2 Billion USD.  That’s BILLION for those who need to hear it again.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will probably supplant Iron Man 3 for the domestic title but globally nothing can touch Tony Stark.

To put the gap ($296.5 million) between Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 into perspective just think that the difference is basically the entire domestic gross of Man of Steel ($291 million) and you get some idea just how much Iron Man 3 dominated worldwide.

Rank Movie Title Global Gross
1 Iron Man 3 $1,215,400,000
2 Despicable Me 2 $918,900,000
3 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $804,100,000
4 Fast & Furious 6 $788,700,000
5 Monsters University $743,600,000
6 Man of Steel $668,000,000
7 Gravity $662,900,000
8 The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug $659,000,000
9 Thor: The Dark World $630,000,000
10 The Croods $587,200,000

Whether or not you liked Iron Man 3 is not the point as audiences have certainly shown a love for this franchise.  Not to mention both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World have benefitted from the halo effect from The Avengers as both films have far exceeded the box office totals from their previous installments.

This certainly bodes well for Disney/Marvel who will keep the ball rolling into 2014 with the release of Captain America 2 which should also see a similar box office bounce.

Despicable Me 2 still holds the number 2 spot with a gross approaching the $1 Billion mark which is simply fantastic since it shows a massive $400 million USD increase over the original film’s global gross.  Talk about massive audience expansion.

Fast & Furious 6 in the 4th spot is amazing and shows just how powerful this franchise has become as roughly 70% of that total comes from International markets.  It might be dumb fun but the series certainly has an expanding core group of fans that love it.

When all is said and done Gravity might just pass Man of Steel marking a huge win for the sleeper hit that has captivated audiences worldwide.  Warner Brothers should be happy that Man of Steel performed better overseas considering the slightly mixed reaction it received domestically.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should easily leapfrog Gravity, Man of Steel and Monsters University marking yet another win for Peter Jackson.  Still, not all is well in Middle Earth as it looks as if Smaug will be the lowest grossing film out of all the LOTR and Hobbit movies.

In 10th spot sits The Croods which is a big win for Dreamworks Animation considering the fact that about 70% of its gross comes from overseas markets.  The film did well domestically but International audiences seemed to have responded to it with more fervor.

However, there’s no way The Croods keeps this spot much longer as Frozen currently sits at #11 and that film is still powering its way through global markets to strong returns.  It should pass Thor: The Dark World and come close to topping its other stable mate, Monsters University.

© 2014 The Galactic Pillow

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. TheVertFresh
    Jan 15 2014

    It’s too violent!

  2. TheVertFresh
    Jan 15 2014

    Oops, the comment above is for the Jack Ryan preview.


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