Box Office: Summer's Winners and Losers

Hits and Flops of Summer - H 2014
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Hits and Flops of Summer - H 2014

Seth and Sandler flopped, Shailene proved her star power, and Segel shouldn't make any more 'Sex Tapes'

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Heading into summer 2014, not even the most savvy box-office observer could have predicted that Disney's live-action fairy tale Maleficent would come in No. 2, bested only by Transformers: Age of Extinction. Female-fueled The Fault in Our Stars also soared, turning into one of the most profitable titles of the season. The other big surprise: R-rated comedies.

Here's a look at who prospered, and who didn't, at the tumultuous 2014 summer box office.

WINNERS

Angelina Jolie
Her first live-action movie after the flop The Tourist saw Jolie solidify her global star status as Maleficent grossed north of $753 million.

Channing Tatum
After 2013 flop White House Down, he recovered with 22 Jump Street, which got to $300 million worldwide thanks to a heavy turnout from his female fans.

Shailene Woodley
The Fault in Our Stars proved the young star can drive a global hit ($280.2 million) not based on a YA book franchise (Divergent).

Zac Efron
His R-rated Neighbors, opposite Seth Rogen, cost just $18 million and made $266.6 million worldwide, establishing him as a formidable comedy star.

LOSERS

Tom Cruise
His Edge of Tomorrow earned $364 million worldwide but is almost certain to end up in the red after a net budget of $178 million and a $150 million-plus global marketing spend.

Adam Sandler
His reteam with Drew Barrymore on Blended cost $40 million to make, but with a Memorial Day release and a $100 million marketing spend, it needed to gross more than $124.4 million worldwide.

Jason Segel
Cameron Diaz's The Other Woman did fine ($194.4 million), but her Sex Tape opposite Segel has made just $76.9 million.

Sylvester Stallone
Despite a cast as big as one of his biceps, The Expendables 3 opened to a franchise-worst $15.9 million as Sigourney Weaver passed on spinoff Expendabelles.

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