May 2013 was a record-breaking May and, not wanting to be outdone, June 2013 has proven to be a record-breaking June.
Overall grosses for the month totaled $1.25 billion and while James Cameron can expect to find that down his couch on an average Tuesday, it’s stomped all over June 2009’s $1.09 billion.
With Superman returning to the big-screen, a new Pixar sequel, a few apocalypses and the tail-end returns of several big-hitters – IRON MAN 3, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and FAST & FURIOUS 6 – it was always set to be a big ’un. Still, maybe not quite this big.
MAN OF STEEL got it off to a merry start, setting a record-breaking (seeing a trend yet?) opening weekend and finishing the month with a domestic $248.6 million, putting it at number 1 and leaving 2006’s SUPERMAN RETURNS in the dust. Despite a steep second week downturn it’ll reach $400 million worldwide for the month.
In 2nd place stands MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and its $170.4 million 10 day haul, putting it behind only TOY STORY 3 in the Pixar pantheon of sure-fire hits. It’ll doubtlessly get bludgeoned by the ravenous minion hoard when DESPICABLE ME 2 launches Stateside, but $300 million is a reasonable domestic target.
And rounding off the podium, to the ire of doom-mongering journalists everywhere, stands WORLD WAR Z and its $123.7 million month gross.
A surprising gross – if the journalists are to be believed – but not as surprising as the quintessential ‘surprise of the summer’ NOW YOU SEE ME, which erupted out of the left-field to claim 4th place with $104.8 million.
Completing the Top 5 with $86.8 million for the month is FAST & FURIOUS 6, which made a series-high domestic total of $233.4 million.
Special mentions to THIS IS THE END ($74.7 million), THE PURGE ($62.8 million) and THE HEAT ($39.1 million in just three days) as well, who nabbed 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.
So we’re half through the year and there are a few observations we can make (try not to get too excited now):
- Disney leads the way on the studio side of things. With IRON MAN 3 standing as the year’s highest earner married to OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, the studio is currently $887 million to the good and set to be the first over the billion dollar line come THE LONE RANGER’s release.
- Despite a disappointing first half of the year, Warner Brothers (largely thanks to MAN OF STEEL’s success) sits in 2nd with $869 million while Universal’s fruitful 6 months has found it in 3rd with $742 million.
- In fact, it’s been a largely successful (or at least not totally crushing) period for each of the 6 major studios…outside of Sony. Thanks to a sparse first-half schedule and the fantastic flopping of AFTER EARTH and WHITE HOUSE DOWN it’s landed just $376 million.
So there you have it: more numbers than you could ever hope to read in 500 words.
Till next time, stay classy out there.
June Top 10
- Man of Steel
- Monsters University
- World War Z
- Now You See Me
- Fast & Furious 6
- This is the End
- The Purge
- The Heat
- The Internship
- White House Down
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