13 Biggest Box Offices Surprises of 2013

Smaller movies were big-ticket items at this year's cinematic race. From ‘Gravity’ to ‘Instructions Not Included’, we look at the releases that surprised everyone.
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13 Biggest Box Offices Surprises of 2013

Barring the fact that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty makes over $100 on in its second weekend, it's (nearly) safe to say that 2013's biggest surprises at the box office are behind us. And boy, were there some huge shockers in store for audiences this past twelve months. While most of the big tent pole pictures performed as suspected, it was the smaller budget movies that made a real impression on moviegoers this year. Now, we take a look at 13 movies that no one thought too much about before their release. Some people thought a couple would bomb all together (hello, World War Z). It's the 13 Biggest Box Offices Surprises of 2013

1Gravity

Gravity

Tagline: Don't Let Go. Why it Surprised Us: With a simple premise (two astronauts lost in the dark recesses of space), Gravity became the water cooler conversation starter of 2013, and has the honor of being one of only two movies to hold down three #1 weekends in a row. No small feat in what has become an overcrowded market place that sees tons of new releases jockeying for position every single given week of the year. With a hefty $145 million price tag, this sci-fi thriller certainly was a gamble for Warner Bros., especially since it had to rest solely on the charm of its two leading actors. Luckily, they had the biggest box office draw at their disposal in Sandra Bullock (she's on this list twice, by the way), and George Clooney, who isn't too shabby either. While director Alfonso Cuarón has directed one of the more beloved installments of the Harry Potter franchise with Prisoner of Azkaban, he isn't exactly a household name when it comes to crowd-pleasing blockbusters. That all changed with this, a movie that was greatly helped by critics. It is one of the biggest moneymakers of the year. It is the sixth highest grossing movie of the year. And best part of all, no one saw it coming! Budget: $100 million. Domestic Gross: $252.9 million. Worldwide Earnings: $642.2 million. Money in the Bank: $542.2 million.

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  • RyanMoranMita • 1 year ago

    i knew gravity was going to have big box office but never thought mama would or we are the millers movie look dumb

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    • bawnian-dexeus • 1 year ago

      Gravity performed just like Avatar where the word of mouth mostly included "the visuals".

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      • 2movieguys • 1 year ago

        "World War Z" was over blown crap!! One of the "Worst films of the summer" of 2013!.

        "The Heat" was ok...not that funny...got stale....

        I was very surprised by "Now You See Me"...

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        • thedude-abides • 1 year ago

          The first three I wouldn't consider surprises; all three I anticipated having significant box office success. The rest I could care less about.

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          • therealGoku • 1 year ago

            @balanorange oh I know. Just putting in my 2 cents

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            • balanorange • 1 year ago

              These aren't favorites, by any means. This is based on box office. Only God Forgives didn't move any money during its theatrical run. Prisoners actually earned $72 million against its $46 million budget. It made money, but it landed beneath Instructions Not Included's $80 million, and we didnt want to blow past 13 entries on the list.

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              • therealGoku • 1 year ago

                Gravity was a major bore in my opinion. "Prisoners" and "Only God Forgives" were my favorite of 2013

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