10 Movies You Didnít Realize Were Big Hits In 2013

By Mack Rawden 2013-12-16 18:17:59discussion comments
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The only thing Hollywood is more notorious for than relentless self-promotion and bragging is shady accounting practices. Depending on whether theyíre talking to the government, in the middle of contract negotiations or stroking their own egos, movie executives could make most films seem like unqualified disasters, brilliant successes or anything in between. Thereís just so many moving parts involved, and since marketing budgets, promotional tie-ins and various tax credits arenít exactly mapped out in press releases, itís really hard to prove otherwise.

Luckily, with some common sense and rough estimates, itís possible to figure out which films likely offered excellent returns on the initial investment. Of course, the top of the heap films like Iron Man 3 and Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pretty obvious, but under the radar, there were quite a few films in 2013 that quietly made a ton of money at the worldwide box office.

Letís revisit them.

Weíre The Millers
$269,194,119 on a $37,000,000 budget.
Conventional wisdom says to always make a comedy PG-13 whenever possible. That greatly expands the pool of potential viewers, and it can even make the end result easier to sell to a cable network for repeated airings in the future. Weíre The Millers is a great reminder, however, that sometimes just going for it is the far better call. The film doesnít pull any punches, and while it wonít be confused with Wedding Crashers anytime soon, itís still an enjoyable adult comedy. Thanks to good word of mouth and the star power of Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, the film brought in huge numbers at the box office. In fact, to put the figure in perspective, itís the second highest grossing movie of Anistonís long and storied career behind only Bruce Almighty.
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