People will always look forward to movies during the summer season. A good summer movie used to have that formula; a big cast featuring today’s hottest celebrities, an outstanding plot, and a big movie budget. However, this year’s summer movies have shaken this formula as there are remarkable movies that exceeded expectations. These summer movies performed beyond their expected sales, some have even become popular worldwide. Here is a list of 10 summer movies that smashed box office expectations.
10. The Butler by Lee Daniels
Released last August 16, The Butler earned $24.6 million during its opening weekend, and had a worldwide gross of $104.8 million, which exceeded its estimated budget of $30 million. The movie had to undergo a long discussion on its copyright for the title, which also gave it more publicity. The Butler is a story of a White House Butler who served eight American presidents during his 34-year tenure as a White House butler. This historical fiction drama film was directed by Lee Daniels and was written by Danny Strong. It features an ensemble cast that includes Forest Whitaker starring as the butler with John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Liev Shreiber as Lyndon Johnson, and many more. This film captures the changes in the American society, featuring the civil rights movement, which was connected to his personal life. The movie received positive reviews.
9. We’re the Millers of Warner Bros.
The film We’re the Millers was released on August 7. It had an estimated budget of $37 million while it had an opening weekend of $26.4 million. Its worldwide gross is also exemplary at $202.8 million, thus putting a stop to Jennifer Aniston’s losing streak in the theatres. This comedy film was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and stars, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter. Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema released the movie. The film featured the characters of a pot dealer, a cynical stripper, a virgin, and a runaway.
8. The Heat, Fox
The Heat is a comedy film that was released by Fox on June 28. It had a big opening weekend which generated $39 million. Its estimated budget was just $43 million but it had a successful worldwide gross of $220.5 million. The story was written by Katie Dippold and was directed by Paul Feig. It stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, who had a remarkable performance in Identity Theft earlier this year. Sandra Bullock plays the role of an uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn while Melissa McCarthy plays the role of a foul-mouthed Boston cop. At first, they were incompatible but they joined forces to bring down a drug lord, and they ended up being buddies. The film was able to receive commercial and critical success.
7. The Great Gatsby, Warner Bros.
Just when everyone thought that this film will not hit box office success, The Great Gatsby proved to be one of the most remarkable films of this year’s summer. Critics and movie goers liked the film and it received both critical and commercial success. Warner Bros. released the film on May 10, with an estimated budget of $105 million. It generated $105 million and had a worldwide gross of $348.8 million. This film is an adaptation of F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel with the same title. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars an ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Elizabeth Debicki. The film was supposed to be released on December 25, 2012 but was moved to May.
6. Now You See Me, Lionsgate
There was not much financial success with magic movies, until this film made a significant success. Now You See Me was released on May 31 with an estimated budget of $75 million. It generated $29 million during its opening weekend and because of word of mouth, worldwide gross had a total of $320.9 million. The all star ensemble contributed to the film’s success. It features Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine, and Woody Harrelson.
5. Fast and Furious 6, Universal
This Vin Diesel racing franchise made one of the biggest openings for 2013 and was able to hit the record of Memorial Day Weekend with a four-day total of $120 million. Its estimated budget was only $160 million while its worldwide gross was a whopping $788.7 million. To date, Fast and Furious 6 is the third highest-grossing movie of the year. The film was directed by Chris Morgan and was written by Justin Lin.
4. The Conjuring, Warner Bros.
The Conjuring is a supernatural horror film that was released on July 19 with an estimated budget of $20 million and it generated $41.9 million during its opening weekend. It had a total of $271.3 million in terms of its worldwide gross. The film featured Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Ed and Lorraine Warren who played the roles of paranormal investigators. They attended to the Perron’s family plea for help in their farmhouse on Harrisville, Rhode Island way back in 1971.
3. Despicable Me 2, Universal
Despicable Me 2 is Universal’s most profitable film ever. It made more gross sales as compared to Pixar’s Monsters University. It only had an estimated budget of $76 million but its opening weekend already generated $83.5 million. The minions made the movie achieve a worldwide gross of $840.4 million.
2. World War Z, Paramount
This film is Brad Pitt’s highest-grossing film to date. The film went over the budget and had to re-shoot a scene in the film but it did not stop the movie from being a huge success. Earning a worldwide gross of $538 million, this film will surely be tough to beat in the box office.
1. The Purge, Universal
Surprisingly, this film was able to make more than 10 times its budget opening weekend and totaled to $85.9 million worldwide gross. This proved the audience appreciates inexpensive and low-budget horror films.
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