Top 25 Movies of 2013!

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The top 25 highest-grossing movies at the box office (U.S. and Canada) this year as of Dec. 1, 2013.

Titles still in theaters have an asterisk next to their gross.

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1.Iron Man 3 (2013)  7.4/10

When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
“ $409 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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2.Despicable Me 2 (2013)   7.5/10

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. (98 mins.)
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove
“ $366.9 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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3.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)   8.1/10

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman
“ $296.3 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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4.Man of Steel (2013)   7.4/10

A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane
“ $291 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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5.Monsters University (2013)  7.4/10

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren
“ $268.4 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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6.Gravity (2013)   8.4/10

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen
“ $249.7 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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7.Fast & Furious 6 (2013)  7.2/10

Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. (130 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
“ $238.7 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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8.Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)   6.4/10

A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis
“ $234.9 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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9.Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)   7.9/10

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
“ $228.8 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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10.World War Z (2013)  7.1/10

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale
“ $202.4 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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11.The Croods (2013)  7.3/10

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener
“ $187.2 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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12.Thor: The Dark World (2013)  7.6/10

Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård
“ $186.7 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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13.The Heat (2013)  6.6/10

An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir
“ $159.6 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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14.We’re the Millers (2013) 7.1/10

A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. (110 mins.)
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms
“ $150.4 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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15.The Great Gatsby (2013) 7.3/10

A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire
“ $144.8 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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16.The Conjuring (2013) 7.5/10

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
“ $137.4 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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17.Identity Thief (2013)  5.6/10

Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Florida to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy’s identity. (111 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho, Amanda Peet
“ $134.5 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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18.Grown Ups 2 (2013) 5.3/10

After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. (101 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade
“ $133.7 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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19.The Wolverine (2013) 6.8/10

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
“ $132.6 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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20.G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) 5.8/10

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. (110 mins.)
Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-hun Lee
“ $122.5 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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21.Now You See Me (2013) 7.3/10

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson
“ $117.7 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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22.Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013) 6.8/10

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. (132 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda
“ $115.6 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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23.Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) 6.6/10

Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. (95 mins.)
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris
“ $115 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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24.The Hangover Part III (2013)  5.9/10

When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha
“ $112.2 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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25. Epic (2013) 6.6/10

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Wedge
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell
“ $107.5 million ” – IMDb-Editors

Paul Walker of ‘Fast and Furious’ Dies in Car Crash

Paul Walker, a star of “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise, has died after a car crash.

According to the Associated Press, a publicist said Walker passed away after a car crash in California. A publicist confirmed the actor’s death to the Journal. Walker was 40 years old.

The actor’s Twitter account posted a link to the following note: “It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #‎TeamPW”

Born Paul William Walker IV in Glendale, Calif., Walker starred in such films as “Varsity Blues,” “Into the Blue” and “Takers,” but it was “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001 that won him his greatest fame. The movie, which spawned several sequels, featured high-powered vehicles, car chases and street-racing scenes.

“Fast & Furious 6″ has taken in $238,679,850 at the box office so far, according to Box Office Mojo.

The news that Walker had died after a car crash spurred stunned tributes to him on Twitter from friends and fellow actors.

“Paul Walker is the reason I wanted to drive a car in the first place,” one tweet said.

Box Office: ‘After Earth’ crashes, marks Will Smith’s worst summer opening in 20 years!

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Ever since Independence Day‘s $50.2 million debut on July 4th weekend in 1996, Will Smith has been the undisputed king of the summer box office. He’s led films like Men In BlackBad Boys III, Robot; and Hancock to massive grosses — both domestically and around the world.

But his latest effort, After Earth, landed with a major thud on opening weekend, grossing just $27 million (distributor Sony told outlets it was expecting $35 million before the weekend) and opening in third place with a tepid “B” CinemaScore. The $130 million M. Night Shyamalan-directed sci-fi film, based on an original story idea by Will Smith himself, also starred the A-lister’s son, Jaden. The father/son duo previously found success with 2006′s The Pursuit of Happyness, which earned $163.6 million, but this time around, the casting gimmick wasn’t enough to get audiences into the door.

After Earth‘s opening weekend was Smith’s lowest summer debut since his first wide release, Made In America, which bowed with $11.8 million in 1993. Discouragingly, After Earth opened with even less than Smith’s oft-ridiculed Wild Wild West, which wrangled $27.8 million in its opening weekend in 1999.

So what went wrong? Well, M. Night Shyamalan’s name certainly repelled many potential viewers. The director has lost credibility with audiences after films like Lady In The WaterThe Happening, and The Last Airbender, and Sony wisely kept his name out of all marketing materials. Still, film buffs (and anyone that read the scathing reviews) weren’t fooled. The blame can’t lie solely with the director, though, especially at a time when people seem to feel little affection for the Smith family. Between accusations of Hollywood nepotism, backlash against eyebrow-raising interviews, and lingering suspicions about their involvement with Scientology, Will, Jaden, and the rest of the gang seem to be in a bit of a public opinion rut.

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Whatever the reason for After Earth‘s domestic under-performance, Sony is hoping that international grosses can make up lost ground. And that certainly could happen since Will Smith’s film’s often gross more overseas than they do in America. Last year, Men In Black 3took in $179 million domestically and $445 million internationally, and time will tell whetherAfter Earth enjoys a similar fate.

But there were other movies at the box office this weekend, too. Let’s talk about those!

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Fast & Furious 6 topped the chart for a second time, dropping by a hefty 65 percent to $34.5 million. While that’s the largest-ever second weekend drop for a Fast film, the well-reviewed sequel has already earned $170.4 million in just ten days, making it the second-highest grossing entry in the franchise behind Fast Five‘s $209 million haul. Worldwide, Fast & Furious 6 (or is it just Furious 6?) has earned $480.1 million, and it should race past the $600 million mark with ease. Universal spent about $160 million on the film. (Fun fact: betweenFast & Furious 6Pain & GainG.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Snitch, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a film in the Top 10 every weekend since February 22.)

The surprise of the weekend was Summit’s magician thriller Now You See Me, which worked box office magic on its opening weekend and earned $28.1 million from 2,925 theaters — good for second place. Expectations for the $80 million thriller, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, and Mark Ruffalo, were in the $20 million-range, but business proved bouyant. Audiences, which were 51 percent female and 52 percent under 30, issued the film an enthusiastic “A-” CinemaScore grade, which should help the action entry thrive in coming weeks.

Two holdovers rounded out the Top 5. Star Trek Into Darkness dropped by a distressing 56 percent to $16.4 million in its third weekend, lifting its total to $181.2 million. The $190 million sequel is now officially lagging behind 2009′s Star Trek, which had earned $184.5 million at the same point in its run. Most sequels to to well-received blockbusters get a big boost in business, but Darkness hasn’t been so lucky. In fifth, Fox’s animated film Epic fell 51 percent to about $16.4 million, giving it $65.2 million total against a $100 million budget. It looks like this won’t be another Croods-like performer for the studio.

1. Fast & Furious 6 – $34.5 million
2. Now You See Me – $28.1 million
3. After Earth – $27 million
4. Star Trek Into Darkness – $16.4 million
5. Epic – $16.4 million

Just outside the Top 5 was The Hangover Part III, which fell 62 percent to $15.9 million in its second weekend giving it a weak $88.1 million total. It’s truly astonishing how poorly Part III is playing when compared to The Hangover Part II, which had earned $185.8 million at the same point in its run. Yes, after 11 days Part III is trailing its predecessor by $97.7 million domestically. The $103 million Warner Bros. film is unlikely to even reach the $135 million mark that Part II earned in just five days. Fortunately, the film just had a stellar $82.3 million opening weekend overseas.

‘Fast & Furious 6’ Leads Record-Breaking Memorial Day Weekend !

Fast & Furious 6. Still going strong after 12 years and five sequels, the street-racing saga easily drove off with the box office crown this holiday weekend. According to studio estimates, it fell just $1.5 million shy of speeding past $100 million during its first three days; over the full Memorial Day holiday, it’s expected to earn $122.2 million. It’s an especially impressive feat given how crowded the multiplex is with blockbusters right now. Credit the movie for the multi-ethnic appeal of its cast, which also helped Fast 6 gross $177 million overseas, for a worldwide total so far of $275.5 million. Also credit the film for delighting longtime fans by delivering exactly what it promises. With an A grade from CinemaScore, word-of-mouth is very strong.

Then again, nearly every major release did well this weekend, for a total estimated domestic box office of $315 million through Monday. That’s a Memorial Day weekend record, surpassing the $296 million earned during the holiday two years ago. Last week’s champ, Star Trek Into Darkness, held up well with an estimated $38.0 million over three days (good for third place) and a likely $48.0 million through Monday.  Also staying strong was Iron Man 3 (fifth place), with a Friday-to-Sunday estimate of $19.4 million and a full holiday estimate of $24.6 million. After four weeks, it’s approaching $400 million, with $367.5 million earned through Sunday.

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In this environment, new family cartoon Epic did even better than expected, opening in fourth place with an estimated $34.2 million through Sunday and a likely $44.0 million by the end of the holiday. It’s the first major animated family film since The Croods opened 10 weeks ago, so the marketplace was hungry.

LOSER OF THE WEEK: The Hangover Part III. Months ago, the head-to-head opening of Fast 6 and Hangover III looked like an evenly-matched sausage-fest showdown. But it wasn’t even close. Hangover opened in second place, but with just an estimated $42.4 million over three days, meaning perhaps $51 million by Monday.

Its take through Sunday is about half of the three-day debut logged by The Hangover Part II ($86.0 million) two years ago. Of course, that second Hangover squandered most of the goodwill earned by the first, and even though this final installment promised to change gears, it still earned a B from CinemaScore, indicating just so-so word-of-mouth. Even Epic managed to steal some of its thunder.

‘MIDNIGHT’ MOVIE By one measure, the most eagerly awaited sequel of the weekend was Before Midnight, the third in the every-nine-years series of glimpses into the transatlantic romance of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). It opened on just five screens but earned an estimated $274,000 from Friday to Sunday, for a per-screen average of $54,800. That’s by far the highest per-screen average of any movie this week; Fast 6 earned about half that per venue ($26,935). Also opening strong in limited release were Israeli Oscar entry Fill the Void ($60,400 on three screens), documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks ($29,000 on four screens), and A Pig Across Paris ($10,000 at one venue).

Fast & Furious 6 First Teaser Trailer Released!

Universal Pictures released the first proper teaser trailer for the 6th installment of the ultra successful Fast and Furious franchise during this year’s Super Bowl. Once again a bunch of cool guys who drive fast cars get into lots of trouble dealing with a heist of some sort. Only this time, they appear to be with the good guys. That means Vin Diesel and The Rock are on the same side.

You will also get the usual dose of high speed chases, massive crashes, incredible fire fights, and bootilicious chicks. Fast 6 also includes Gina Carano. Think of that as an added bonus!

Plot: Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. 

Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. 

Building on the worldwide blockbuster success of Fast Five and taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time. He is supported by longtime producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel, who welcome producer Clayton Townsend back to the series.