Though there’s still two days left on the clock, 2013 is looking to be the biggest year at the box office ever. Right now the year is $1.6 Million away from besting last year’s $10.837 billion dollar total — which it will beat sometime today — while international numbers are higher than ever.
That means this year is almost level to 2012′s domestic box office. 2012 was dominated by The Avengers, which is currently the third highest grossing film of all time both domestically and worldwide. There was no one film that did that much business, which means the box office was spread around. Iron Man 3 is currently the leader with a $409 Million, a number that may be bested in the next couple weeks by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is currently at $391 Million.
With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at $190 Million right now, that means that ten 2013 films will have made over $200 Million at the box office, while thirty movies crossed the hundred million dollar mark. That may not be a sign of success, though, as films cost more than ever, but that’s where international’s growth helps. With China now a bigger market and with 3D still a big draw internationally — even with some costly flops like The Lone Ranger and 47 Ronin – this was a banner year for mainstream cinema.
But perhaps the biggest winner is Gravity, which came out in October and made over $250 Million domestic and over $600 Million worldwide. Often the movie calendar suggests that summer or winter are the best times to release blockbusters, but with March constantly producing films that do over $200 Million, we may see studios take more chances with what used to be considered the off season.
What was your favorite box office success?