The summer movie season feels like a distant memory as we head into awards territory and further away from the superhero onslaught and popcorn flicks. It was an interesting summer, with the U.S. box office reaching record highs — and several projects bombing like crazy. The Dish Network (via Slashfilm) created a handy and colorful infographic to help us chart the summer stats. Here’s how it breaks down.
Iron Man 3 ruled the summer, bringing home $174.2 million, dominating the domestic opening weekend figures. It seems that The Avengers’ success gave the Marvel franchise a mighty push toward the top, making it the second highest-grossing film of Marvel’s stable. Critics and Supe fans weren’t entirely sure what to make of Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, but the marketing was spot-on, and the numbers ($116.6 million opening weekend) confirm that darker superheroes still reign supreme. Fast & Furious 6 became the best of that franchise ($97.4 million opening weekend) — and for a sixth installment, that’s pretty damn impressive. We expected Monsters University to take rank over Despicable Me 2, but the minions stole the show.
It’s strange to see Adam Wingard’s You’re Next alongside a Tyler Perry movie in the bottom five opening weekend rankings, but the so-called “mumblegore” movie was released by mainstream studio, Lionsgate. The film took home a respectable $7 million, while Perry’s dreck scraped $4.6 million. Kick-Ass 2, R.I.P.D., and Mortal Instruments also ranked lowest.
The biggest bomb of the summer comes as no surprise. Critics wondered if The Lone Ranger could become relevant again, and the numbers say no ($215 million). Johnny Depp recovered his loss by joining the Alice in Wonderland sequel (ugh) — and he should be ashamed of himself. This is the second year in a row for a big-budget Disney film to bomb (last year's John Carter was another domestic box office stinker).
Dig into the infographic for more of this summer's highs and lows.