Top 10 Most Profitable Movies Of The Year (mid-2013)

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Aug 22 2013
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Going by the rate ticket sales are churning out profits for Hollywood this year, the year 2013 could bypass 2011 as the highest grossing summer of all time at the box office. There’re many ways to measure the success of a movie. Most would look purely at how much a movie is generating hence the “highest grossing” around all the theaters. But that is a huge flaw simply because you’re ignoring the movie’s budget, marketing costs, distribution costs and whatnot.


In a nutshell, a top grossing movie isn’t as successful as it looks, if you care to compare it to its budget. Using a simple calculation by dividing a film’s worldwide box office against its production budget, the answer will show how many times of profit such film actually generates. Of course in this calculation the costs of marketing are excluded, for obvious reason. So, “Man of Steel” which costs US$225 million to produce but yield only US$543 million (and counting) is not that successful on paper because its profit is merely 2.41 times. Compare this to “Evil Dead” with worldwide box-office of US$97.5 million and production costs of only US$17 million, this low-budget film is giving a yield of 5.73 times (*tongue-in-cheek*).

Top 10 Most Profitable Movies Of The Year (mid-2013) - Spring Breakers

Wait a minute – how about Fast and Furious 6? Well, this film swallowed US$160 million to make and makes a whopping US$695 million worldwide. Still, that’s 4.34 times yield, un-qualified to the top-10 most profitable movies, so far. But does that means film studios should start making tons of low budget movies that could produce high yield? Or should they focus on high budget films and not playing number games? Perhaps the answer is to invest in both types of movies since every producer has their own individual budget. You don’t expect Steven Spielberg to produce a US$20 million movie, do you? Anyway, here’re the top-10 most profitable (not highest grossing) movies of 2013, so far.



[ 10 ]  Evil Dead


– Budget: US$17 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$97.5 million

– Yield: 5.73 times


Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and three friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby wood, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.



[ 9 ]  Iron Man 3


– Budget: US$200 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$1.2 billion

– Yield: 6.0 times

When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?



[ 8 ]  Spring Breakers


– Budget: US$5 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$31 million

– Yield: 6.2 times

At a motel room rager, fun reaches its legal limit and the girls are arrested and taken to jail. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien (James Franco), an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined.



[ 7 ]  Dark Skies


– Budget: US$3.5 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$26.4 million

– Yield: 7.54 times

A thriller centered on an alien disguised as a human and a boy tagged for abduction. As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.



[ 6 ]  The Conjuring


– Budget: US$20 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$193 million

– Yield: 9.65 times

Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.



[ 5 ]  Mama


– Budget: US$15 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$146 million

– Yield: 9.73 times

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?



[ 4 ]  Despicable Me 2


– Budget: US$76 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$781 million

– Yield: 10.27 times

Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2.



[ 3 ]  Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain


– Budget: US$2.5 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$32 million

– Yield: 12.80 times

Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour.



[ 2 ]  A Haunted House


– Budget: US$2.5 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$40 million

– Yield: 16.0 times

Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm – determined to keep his sex life on track – turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.



[ 1 ]  The Purge


– Budget: US$3 million

– Worldwide Box-Office: US$81 million

– Yield: 27.0 times

Given the country’s overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.


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