Was 2013 a Better Summer at the Movies Than 2003?

We take a look at each weekend over the past three months to see if we are better off than we were ten years ago.
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Was 2013 a Better Summer at the Movies Than 2003?

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!

1Iron Man 3 Vs. X2: X-Men United

Iron Man 3

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!

Thanks for playing!

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  • undeadslayer4 • 2 years ago

    @thedude-abides take out iron man 3 that was horrible

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    • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

      "Freddy vs. Jason" was crap...always will be crap and will be nothing but CRAP...!

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      • Arby • 2 years ago

        So far, Both years have been CRAP! Talk about piracy!!!

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        • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

          Forget these matchups, 2013 was the best summer for movies I can remember. Never have I been to the cinemas so many times before September.

          Fruitvale Station, The Conjuring, Only God Forvies, The World's End, Star Trek 2, Before Midnight, The Way Way Back, Blue Jasmine, and The Butler were all terrific films, not to mention all the other enjoyable summer blockbusters like This is the End, Elysium, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, The Heat, and Fast 6, among many, many others.

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          • mka47 • 2 years ago

            2013

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            • brady1138 • 2 years ago

              "Michael Bay as one of the greatest visual artists of our time." Really? Did James Cameron, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg just slip your mind, or something? I mean, they're not the best at storytelling, but at least they revolutionized how Hollywood visuals are utilized....but you call Michael "Explosions, Boobs, and Racism" Bay the visual artist?! Please.

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              • brady1138 • 2 years ago

                What's the point of this? Of course 2013 is gonna win everything due to inflation! Movies cost/make more money now, but the dollar worth has dramatically decreased in the last 10 years.

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                • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                  @gumperman Oh, I see.

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                  • h-ryuga • 2 years ago

                    It was just with me or the writers has some favoritism on the 2013 movies

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                    • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                      each film is different and entertaining as this article is worthless.

                      comparing films to see which one is better is kid like. It's like Sheldon Cooper getting his own way.

                      Alan stop with your articles... no one likes you.

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                      • gumperman • 2 years ago

                        @Brizzy 2015? Did you just have that on your mind because it's going to be an amazing year in film?

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                        • gumperman • 2 years ago

                          @themoviefanatic The writer is comparing the #1 movie at the box office for each weekend, 2003 VS 2013. That is why animated movies are compared to live action movies, because it just happened to be that an animated movie was #1 at the box office that weekend. And as for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL and DESP*CABLE ME 2 being compared, He does clarify that it is the second weekend for DESP*CABLE ME 2 when compared to PIRATES 1, but as I was saying DESP*CABLE ME 2 was still the #1 movie at the boxoffice that weekend, so it was compared to PIRATES 1 which came out that same weekend as DESP*CABLE ME 2's second weekend. DESP*CABLE ME 2's first weekend was Vs. TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES.

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                          • dvsinla • 2 years ago

                            alan orange... i have to assume this article is filled with made up facts to fit your thesis... after reading your false fact that into darkness had some critical and audience issues i stopped reading... it was factually the best reviewed summer studio movie this summer... audience ratings are huge... made more than the first... and you falsely compare to matrix reloaded? you lie to make up some bizarre comparison... journalists even for a little seen movie blog should still not make things up... bad job bud

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                            • lambo-calrissian • 2 years ago

                              " establishing Michael Bay as one of the greatest visual artists of all time"... this list just lost all credibility with me

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                              • Joshua-Hollaway • 2 years ago

                                @Sanchez-Pablo Did you really just say Conjuring is better than Bad Boys 2? Sit down.

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                                • redcameraman • 2 years ago

                                  2003 was better (minus some picks). 2013 is rather just rough so far.

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                                  • c-a-r-t-m-a-n • 2 years ago

                                    @Celestialforthcoming oooooh okay!!

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                                    • jonspidey07 • 2 years ago

                                      yes I didn't list all of my favorite films by each year, it would take forever but a lot of movies you guys did mention are included

                                      had NO interest in Inception or Kick-Ass

                                      and Star Trek Into Darkness had the best trailers went they debuted, sorry but out of everything else this year that had the most appeal to me

                                      I have different tastes, we all do

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                                      • Celestialforthcoming • 2 years ago

                                        @cartman This is done by months within the summer, not the entire year. All lord of the rings films were released in theaters in december. I guess it's some peter jackson thing because most of his movies were released during the winter, especially in december.

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                                        • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                                          @Devan-Van-Brunt No, I already knew all of that. I just didn't understand why they would compare animated movies with live action movies, even if they came out the same week as another movie that came out years earlier on the same day or week. It would make more sense to compare one live action summer movie to another.

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