Worldwide gross: $1.2 billion
Budget: $200 million
The first film out of the gate this summer is also the year's biggest hit, and the first (and only) film of 2013 to cross $1 billion worldwide. The third entry in the Marvel franchise opened strong with $174 million and continued racking up the money in the U.S. and overseas all summer long.
'The Great Gatsby'
Studio: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow
Worldwide gross: $331M million
Budget: $105 million
Baz Luhrmann's 3D movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel may have divided critics but it was a hit with audiences. The film grossed far more than expected, earning more than three times its budget in worldwide ticket sales.
'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Worldwide gross: $458.7 million
Budget: $190 million
J.J. Abrams' second entry in Paramount's revived Star Trek franchise opened to a solid $84 million in the U.S. and, more importantly, grossed $231.3 million overseas, where previous Star Trek titles had struggled.
'Fast & Furious 6'
Worldwide gross: $786.7 million
Budget: $160 million
International revenues helped the sixth entry in Universal's fast-cars franchise speed to nearly $800 million worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing movie of 2013. The Vin Diesel starrer only racked up $238.6 million in the U.S.
Worldwide gross: $243.6 million
Budget: $130 million
The summer suffered its first box-office disappointment with Sony's Will and Jaden Smith starrer After Earth, the first in a series of underperforming titles for the studio this summer. The movie got off to a rough start, becoming the first Will Smith-fronted summer release not to open at No. 1. Instead, it finished third in the U.S. on its way to a dismal $60.5 million stateside performance. International ticket sales helped lift the total tally, but that might not be enough to save the movie.
'Now You See Me'
Worldwide gross: $293.1 million
Budget: $75 million
Summit's magician heist pic Now You See Me is one of the biggest success stories of the summer, grossing nearly $300 million worldwide and beating Will Smith's After Earth on opening weekend. Now You See Me's budget, however, was about half that of After Earth.
Worldwide: $78.5 million
Budget: $58 million
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's long-awaited onscreen reunion didn't make as big of a splash as 2005's Wedding Crashers. Their Google-centric Fox film opened to a disappointing $17.3 million and quickly died from there.
Worldwide: $84.6 million
Budget: $3 million
Home-invasion horror film The Purge took out all of the other movies in its path in early June, opening to $34 million, almost 12 times the film's modest budget. The movie has now made 28 times its budget and will turn a nice profit for distributor Universal.
'Man of Steel'
Studio: Warner Bros./Legendary
Worldwide: $649.8 million
Budget: $225 million
Warner Bros. successfully revived its Superman franchise with Man of Steel, which opened to $116.6 million in the States. The movie went on to gross $649.8 million in worldwide ticket sales and the studio swiftly announced a Batman-battling sequel in which the Caped Crusader will be played by Ben Affleck.
Worldwide: $700 million
Disney/Pixar's animated sequel crossed the $700 million mark at the worldwide box office on Thursday, making it the fourth-highest-grossing movie of the year.
'World War Z'
Worldwide: $526.2 million
Budget: $190 million
After debuting with $66.4 million, Paramount's zombie tentpole went on to become Brad Pitt's highest-grossing movie. Not bad for a film that had a number of production setbacks, including an escalating budget and extensive reshoots to fix its final act.
Worldwide: $209.6 million
Budget: $43 million
Bridesmaids alum Melissa McCarthy proved once more that female-fronted comedies can be commercially successful, this time pairing up with Sandra Bullock in the buddy-cop movie The Heat. The film opened at No. 1, earning nearly $40 million in the U.S. and topping Sony's much pricier action tentpole White House Down on its way to cracking the $200 million mark globally.
'White House Down'
Worldwide: $134.6 million
Budget: $150 million
The Channing Tatum- and Jamie Foxx-starring Sony tentpole became the studio's second box-office disappointment when it opened to just $24.8 million in the U.S. Its dismal worldwide take of $134.6 million means it will lose money.
'The Lone Ranger'
Worldwide: $231.9 million
Budget: $250 million
Studio: Universal/Illumination Entertainment
Worldwide: $807 million
Budget: $76 million
The summer's second big animated movie was a massive hit right out of the gate, earning $143 in its first five days of release after opening the day before Independence Day. Now, it's the second-highest-grossing movie of 2013 and, with its relatively modest budget, is Universal's most profitable film in history.
Studio: Warner Bros./New Line
Worldwide: $220.5 million
Budget: $20 million
The Conjuring's small budget and impressive box-office performance have likely produced a tidy profit. New Line Cinema's horror hit debuted with $41.9 million in its opening weekend, beating two expensive Ryan Reynolds films, R.I.P.D. and Turbo, and has made more money in the U.S. than pricier flops like The Lone Ranger, White House Down and After Earth.
Worldwide: $61.7 million
Budget: $130 million
After a year of hits, Universal suffered a pricey disappointment with R.I.P.D., which starred Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as dead police officers fighting evil spirits. More than a month after its U.S. release, the film has only earned roughly half of its budget in worldwide ticket sales.
Studio: Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Worldwide: $149 million
Budget: $135 million
Ryan Reynolds competed against himself at the box office this summer, and he lost. DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, in which the actor voiced a snail who wants to race in the Indy 500, has earned less than $20 million more than its $135 million budget.
Studio: IFC Films
Worldwide: $50,165 (U.S. only)
Budget: A few hundred thousand dollars
Lindsay Lohan's erotic thriller The Canyons only cost a few hundred thousand dollars to make, including $170,000 from Kickstarter, but the movie hasn't even reached $100,000 in U.S. theaters. However, it only played on a few screens and was also released on demand, where IFC was hoping it would be particularly successful.
'We're the Millers'
Studio: Warner Bros./New Line
Worldwide: $120 million
Budget: $37 million
After spending more than a decade in development, We're the Millers has proven it was worth the wait for New Line Cinema. The Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis-fronted film has more than quadrupled its budget in worldwide revenues after less than a month in theaters.
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