Hollywood on course for biggest summer box office in 2013

 
Elysium The summer box office takings have topped $4.1bn (£2.6bn) so far

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Hollywood is on course for its biggest ever summer box office in the US despite several high profile flops.

Big budget films The Lone Ranger, Will Smith's After Earth and animation Turbo all hugely underperformed in America.

However figures show studio films have earned $4.1bn (£2.6bn), close to 2011's previous high of $4.4bn (£2.8bn).

Sci-fi Elysium, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, topped this week's North American chart earning $30.5m (£19.7m) in its opening weekend.

Starring Matt Damon and South African actor Sharlto Copley, the film had a fairly modest debut after costing $115m (£74.3m) to make.

Elysium matched studio expectations but opened with a lower figure than director Blomkamp's surprise 2009 low-budget hit, which took $37.3m (£24.1m) in its first three days.

Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony, said Elysium would be "very profitable", adding "international is going to be the big, big win on this film for us".

North American box office

  1. Elysium - $30.5m
  2. We're the Millers -$26.6m
  3. Planes - $22.5m
  4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - $14.6m
  5. 2 Guns - $11.1m

Source: Hollywood.com

In a crowded week for new releases, Jennifer Aniston's comedy We're The Millers took the second slot with $26.6m (£17.2m) while Disney animation Planes took $22.5m ($14.5m).

The weekend's takings brought 2013's total box office to $7bn (£4.5bn) so far.

Sci-fi Pacific Rim and Jeff Bridges' action comedy R.I.P.D were other high budget films which left studios disappointed at the box office over the summer.

Chris Aronson, the head of distribution for Fox, admitted 2013 had seen some "high-profile failures," but added, "the summer's been fantastic despite the gloom and doom some in the media have portrayed".

The summer flops have been offset by the success of films such as World War Z - which has crossed the $500m (£323m) global takings mark despite rumoured problems and reshoots - and the doomsday comedy This Is the End, which has made $96m (£62m) - three-times its budget.

Animations Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University also earned huge box office numbers worldwide, taking $746m (£482m) and $637m (£412m) respectively to date.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 108.

    I think it is a great shame that "hit' Hollywood movies are mainly only popular with children and uneducated adults. One generally has to watch European movies in order to see well constructed, well acted, serious movies, that also tell us something genuine about ourselves. Why are escapist movies so popular? Who, or what, are people escaping from?

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    Comment number 107.

    I've quit going to the cinema, I grew fed up of out of focus movies on torn screens.

    Until the theatre operators in this country improve I'll stick to watching my films on a decent set up; my own.

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    Comment number 106.

    I would like to see an intercultural film along the lines of the various effects of war, religion and regional viewpoints and the realities imposed on the families of the respective opposing camps. Without all the outrageous special effects. Hollywood needs to broaden its horizons to be inclusive of the world in which it finds it's customers.

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    Comment number 105.

    I very seldom go to movies any more. They are moronic for the most part and with flavour of the week (I've never taken acting lessons) actors. Teens like them apparently...I guess that says it all.

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    Comment number 104.

    Non-Hollywood film's I've seen this year include 'No', 'Beyond the Hills' and 'The Act of Killing'.

    However I've also seen seen 'Iron Man 3', 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', 'Pacific Rim' and 'The Wolverine'.

    My point is, insofar as I have one, is that big budget films are a perfectly valid form of entertainment when done well. Not every film needs to be worthy. Sometimes escapism is fun.

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    Comment number 103.

    So many amazing "old" movies worth revisiting (or watching if you haven't yet). Spellbinding plots, incredible actors, not purely reliant on special effects. Lots of that stuff still gives me shivers.

    We don't just have to read brand new books do we? Forget about modern mindless trash and treat yourself to some quality proven cinema at home. Maybe if the cinemas empty, they'll realise....

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    Comment number 102.

    Times are not easy for most people; the era when Hollywood stars get paid millions for acting in awful violent mindnumbing 'films' is past its sell by date. Equally a shallow film that does nothing but make you feel you have wasted your hard earned money on drivel! The actress in question lives in a home worth 50 million - you have got to be kidding. There is something very wrong in all this.

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    Comment number 101.

    70. LucyJ
    "One of the biggest problems today is there just aren't very many comedies."

    Utter tosh. You just don't have a good knowledge of movies. Also 'Rush Hour' as a good comedy? Now that is funny.

    Shaun of the Dead. Hot Fuzz. Little Miss Sunshine. The Hangover. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Due Date. Anchorman. Talladega Nights. Tropic Thunder. The 40 Year Old Virgin.

    All post 'Rush Hour'.

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    Comment number 100.

    This means nothing. If you include inflation of cinema tickets, it would be a very average year. Iron Man 3 is 101 on the list of highest grossing with inflation accounted for.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 99.

    Big budget films The Lone Ranger, Will Smith's After Earth and animation Turbo all hugely underperformed in America, well their is no surprise in that, after all Hollywood has been in a rut of recent, yes 3D is great, however it is not the be end of end all in films, there seems to be something fundamental missing, ah yes its called original story lines, not just re-hashes of old tired acts...

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    Comment number 98.

    How did they make so much £/$ without my contribution? Last movie I saw was "The King's Speech"....because my wife got free 'tickies'! Before that it must be seven or eight years since I was at the movies. I'm usually asleep within 15 mins anyways.)

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    Comment number 97.

    The sooner Hollywood realises that people are not intersted in 3D, the better for everyone. It's been tried (several times) before and they'll try it again but 3D does not improve a film... It's just a gimmick.

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    Comment number 96.

    Last time I went to the cinema was to see "Prometheus" - PRETTY EFFECTS, TERRIBLE PLOT COHESION, NO CONSISTENCY WHATSOEVER, AWFUL!

    Prior to that it was "Inception" - PRETTY EFFECTS, TERRIBLE PLOT COHESION, NO CONSISTENCY WHATSOEVER, AWFUL!

    I think I'll avoid it all from now on.

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    Comment number 95.

    I guess the failure of the big budget films mentioned proves two things - that people no matter how much film makers think are minldess consumers of pap in the Big Brother age still want coherent storylines, plot and decent acting. No matter how good the SFX, how many whiz bang gadgets appear, how many explosions you have it has to be meaningful as youre competing with other films with the same.

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    Comment number 94.

    Same old tired clap trap films, from a tired business model, in a tired format.

    There are so many films produced in Hollywood that are simply variations on a theme of 'Americans with Guns'. Look at the picture accompanying the article as an example.

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    Comment number 93.

    The problem with the way these stats are used for films is that it ignores future sales like DVD, streaming et cetera. a lot films will make far more from merchandising than they'll ever take at the box office. Just like Song charts had to change to take into account downloads the movies need to follow. a lot of the big increase lately is just because of the idiotic price of seeing 3D films

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    Comment number 92.

    This translates into greater Hollywood donations to the Israel fund as if nobody knows.

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    Comment number 91.

    Pacific Rim may have "flopped" in terms of box office takings- but the online response (the overall response) to it has been overwhelming and mostly positive. I would be very disappointed if we didn't get a sequel out of it.

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    Comment number 90.

    70. LucyJ
    "One of the biggest problems today is there just aren't very many comedies."

    There are plenty of family friendly comedies being made. They're animated instead of live action. Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 were amongst the biggest hits of the season.

    Or do animated films not count in your book?

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    Comment number 89.

    Find it hard to watch any movie now - special effects have taken over and substance has suffered. I mean next they will have Michael Caine and Connery jumping around doing Ninja...sometimes I start watching a movie and think this looks Ok and then it is just guns and FX and in honesty like a takeaway ten minutes after you are hungry again.

 

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