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Biggest box office flops and highest earners of 2013

December 18th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

It’s that time of the year when the best and worst movies are revealed, however one of the more interesting top ten lists is the biggest flops of the year and the nice people at Forbes magazine have gone and found out what ten films failed at the global box office.

It might come as a surprise to hear that only one summer blockbuster made the top ten in the form of R.I.P.D which found its place at the number nine spot.

Nobody cares about that though; what we all want to know is what the biggest flop of the year is and the honor went to the Benedict Cumberbatch drama about Wikileaks, The Fifth Estate. The film totally bombed at the global box office, in fact it only made back 21% of its budget.

Other films in the top five included the Stallone action film Bullet to the Head which was the second flop of the year, the Jason Statham action drama Parker which went in at number four and the Mark Wahlberg drama Broken City rounded out the top five.

Below is the full top 10 which includes the cost of the film, how much it took at the global box office and how much of it’s budget it made back.

10. The Big Wedding – Budget $35m – Global taking $22m – Return 63%
9. R.I.P.D
– Budget $130m – Global taking $78m – Return 60%
8. Peeple
– Budget $15m – Global taking $9m – Return 60%
7. Getaway
– Budget $18m – Global taking $9m – Return 58%
6. Battle of the Year
– Budget $20m – Global taking $11m – Return 55%
5. Broken City
– Budget $35m – Global taking $19m – Return 54%
4. Parker
– Budget $35m – Global taking $17m – Return 49%
3. Paranoia
– Budget $35m – Global taking $13.5m – Return 39%
2. Bullet to the Head
– Budget $25m – Global taking $9m – Return 36%
1. The Fifth Estate
– Budget $28m – Global taking $6m – Return 21%

And the highest grossing…

Only one movie this year managed to crack the £40 million mark and was a run away winner.  The rest of the top ten could easily have been predicted, apart from one surprise entry at number seven.

There were a few films that missed out on the top ten including Thor: The Dark World which went in number 13, World War Z could only manage the number 19 spot, The Wolverine went in at number 20, taking just over the £20 million mark, the biggest film for me that failed to make any kind of impact on the chart was the brilliantly fun Pacific Rim which could only place 39th.

10. Fast and Furious 6 – £23,404,669
9. Star Trek Into Darkness
– £24,064,192
8. Gravity
– £25,467,390
7. The Croods
– £26,376,552
6. Man of Steel
– £28,242,715
5. Hunger Games: Catching Fire
– £28,720,819
4. Monsters University
– £28,834,687
3. Iron Man 3
– £34,891,918
2. Les Miserables
– £38,637,459
1. Despicable Me 2
– £44,158,756

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