It's finally Labor Day Weekend, which means the summer movie going season is officially closed for business starting this Monday. As summer winds down, and we head into September, many movie fans have made one thing very clear. They think this summer has been a complete wash! But is this summer any different than last summer, or the summer before that? How about a decade removed? Did we have bombs as big as The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D. and After Earth ten years ago? (Yeah, we did, and it was called Gigli.)
We've decided to take a look at how this summer stacks up to a bygone era. Was 2003 a better year for movies? Or did we actually have it pretty good here in 2013 with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Elysium (just to name a few of the better one that have played out over the past three months)? Both summers sure did have a lot in common. In both 2003 and 2013 we saw plenty of CGI animated family films, as well as movies starring an Avenger, The Wolverine, Brian O'Conner, Roman Pearce, and Tej. Maybe nothing has changed!
Let's take a look at who wins the big brawl in: 2003 Vs. 2013!
First and Second Week of May: Summer 2013 started off with a bang as Robert Downey Jr. returned to reprise the role of Tony Stark for a fourth time in what is one of the best fan-reviewed movies of the summer. It opened at #1 with $174 million, going on to make $408 million to date. It earned 78% on the Tomatometer, rendering it fresh. Ten years earlier, Bryan Singer's X2: X-Men United was equally praised for breaking the comic book mold. It was the second time Hugh Jackman would play the Wolverine, with the movie opening at #1 with $85.5 million. It went onto make $214.9 million, and earned a Tomato ranking of 87%, gaining the edge over Iron Man 3 with critics. Both movies would go onto be #1 in their second weekend as well. The only other notable 2013 movie released in this window was The Great Gatsby, while 2003 gave us The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Daddy Day Care. The winner: 2013!
So, who is the true winner? 2013 by a long shot! It had 11 fresh #1 releases against 2 rotten #1 releases, and triumphed 12 weeks out of summer's golden 15. That left 3 weeks where 2003 had better releases. Plus, 2003 only had 6 fresh #1 releases against its 8 rotten #1 releases. There were more movies in 2013. And they were better. So, what do you think? Does 2013 still look like a bad summer for movies to you? Or are you happy its just not 2003? Let's have this conversation again next year. Maybe that will help put some things in perspective!
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