Top 5 Grossing Movies of 2013
Tom Robertson gives a brief recap of the movies that audiences the world over have voted for with their wallets.
Robert Downey Jnr returns for the third time as playboy inventor Tony Stark. When Stark’s world is torn apart he sets out on a trail of retribution to find those responsible and dish out some Iron-clad justice.
Despicable Me 2 $918,754,000
The villainous star of the first Despicable Me, Gru (Steve Carrell), is recruited by the Anti-Villain League (AVL) to investigate the theft of a laboratory from the Arctic Circle. Supported by the slapstick comedy of the ‘minions’, Gru’s mischievous helpers, this family adventure offers a good dose of humour and cutting edge animation from the bods at Illumination Entertainment.
Fast and Furious 6 $788,679,850
The first in the series to move away from the underground car racing scene, Fast and Furious 6 brings us more high-octane action but this time switcing locations to London, the Canary Islands and Hong Kong.
Monsters University $743,544,940
This prequel to Monsters Inc. tells the story of the two central characters from the first film, Mike and Sulley, in their endeavours to graduate from Monsters University and obtain their scaring credentials. Twelve years on from the original Monsters Inc, Disney’s Pixar provides a solid enough effort in recreating the vivacity and charm of the original.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $730,403,663
Based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, Catching Fire is the second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy. Picking up where the first film left off, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss is engaged in a winners tour of the districts before finding out that she has to once again enter the deadly hunger games in a special 75th anniversary edition featuring former champtions of the tournament.
Y’s TOP 5 TURKEYS
All of these films received the odd favourable review but for varying reasons these were the ones that just didn’t fly received the odd favourable review and made some money
Puerile: Scary Movie 5
Reports of people getting up and leaving the cinema in droves blighted the release of the fifth film in the Scary Movie series. Primarily a send up of Paranormal Activity, the story centres around a family who discover mysterious goings on in their home. The film failed to deliver any measure of humour, with what little there was branded unforgivably as juvenile. Now scarily unfunny, perhaps the only thing dying a violent death should be this movie franchise.
Time to call it a day: A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis returns for the fifth time as John Mclane in the Die Hard series. Travelling to Russia to try and extricate his son from Prison, the two find themselves in the middle of a battle between two Russians to obtain a classified file. There are enjoyable enough action sequences in the movie but it is undeniably the weakest in a series, the first few of whom were so dearly loved by fans worldwide. Although it’s hard to let Die Hard die, A good day to Die Hard is a good day for Die Hard to die.
A bit of a shame: The Fifth Estate
The film tells the story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and his efforts to bring confidential information into the public domain. Praised by some as ‘a vintage journalism thriller’, it stumbled at the box office, Benedict Cumberbatch’s convincing performance as Assange even unable to rescue it. Critiqued on its release for having become bogged down in the details of the case, what should have been a gripping drama on one of the most intriguing stories of our time rapidly became a box office flop, pulling in just $1.7 million dollars at the box office.
Unhappy families: Smurfs 2
Animated family movies have proved time and time again that there’s a balance of humour that allows the children to giggle with delight at the comedy unfolding on screen while the parents are equally entertained. Sadly, Smurfs 2 is a movie that may well have the children giggling on a couple of occasions but parents anxious to clock out, go home and find something actually worth watching. The rudimentary plot sees Smurfette captured by Gargamel in order to reap more of the Smurf-essence that is fuelling his sorcery. It’s a largely charmless affair that has garnered disastrous approval ratings. Realising you’ve just wasted a couple of hours on this could leave you feeling a bit blue.
Biggest let down: Man of Steel
It’s not here because it’s a bad film, it’s here because it promised so much yet delivered suprising little. Dramatic and atmospheric trailers hinted at a superhero movie set to crack like a thunderflash and unleash a torrent of action supported by a solid plot and strong acting.
Henry Cavill as the muscular DC superhero provided a fittingly brooding take on the reluctant saviour, but whose wanton destruction sadly overshadowed any hope of retaining some of the fun and magic created by Christopher Reeves in the late 70s and early 80s. It’s not exactly a turkey, but definitely to be found on my plate of movie leftovers from 2013.