(Relaxnews) – In the ranking of the highest-grossing films of 2013, the superhero action film claimed the top spot with its $1.22 billion in revenues worldwide.
Released in late April/early May, “Iron Man 3” took the success of Marvel’s superhero films to a new level, rising to the top of the worldwide box office for the year. The feature headlined by Robert Downey Jr. is the only one to have grossed over $1 billion during 2013.
In second place, “Despicable Me 2” earned $918.74 million at the worldwide box office. This made the animated sequel significantly more lucrative than its predecessor, which took in $543.11 million during its run in theaters in 2010.
In a tight race between third and fourth places, “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” grossed $788.68 million and $784.72 million worldwide respectively.
The year’s top 10 list reflects a keen interest for sequels on the part of movie studios and moviegoers alike. The list includes seven sequels as well as a reboot, “Man of Steel,” which relaunched the Superman franchise. Only two films based on an entirely new premise made it into the top 10: “Gravity” and “The Croods,” in seventh and tenth places.
Top 10 highest-grossing films at the worldwide box office in 2013
01. Iron Man 3: $1,215,439,994
02. Despicable Me 2: $918,741,000
03. Fast & Furious 6: $788,679,850
04. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $784,724,000
05. Monsters University: $743,559,607
06. Man of Steel: $662,845,518
07: Gravity: $653,292,000
08. Thor: The Dark World: $629,388,000
09. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $614,104,000
10: The Croods: $587,204,668