Summer always tends to be a great time for the film studios. The weather is typically nice and hot, and with many people taking their summer holidays, it seems like the perfect time to sit down, relax, and watch a funny movie that will make people laugh. Comedy films have always proven popular over summertime for the above reasons, and 2013 is no different. While some comedy films flopped, others surpassed all expectations and did better than expected at the box office. A few of the most popular comedy films released this summer are mentioned in greater detail below.
"The Hangover Part III"
Based on the successes of the two previous films in the series, many film critics thought that "The Hangover Part III" would do better than it actually did. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis all returned to reprise their roles as part of the 'Wolfpack'. The plot changed dramatically from the first two movies; this time there was no wedding involved. Film studio Warner Bros. allocated this film the highest budget of the trilogy at just over $100 million, yet "The Hangover Part III" brought in the lowest box-office revenue of the three films. There may be a variety of reasons for this lackluster performance, but many film critics panned the film for going away from its successful plot structure and not finding anything better to replace it with. Despite its relatively poor performance, "The Hangover Part III" still gained the second-highest opening-weekend earnings for an R-rated film (behind The Hangover Part II). While this record-breaking film series will be remembered for a long time to come, it is safe to say that the third installment will not live long in the memory.
This film once again brings together the acting talents of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, following on from their success together in the 2005 hit comedy "Wedding Crashers." The main plot of "The Internship" follows the lives of Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson), who have been laid off from their jobs as watch salesmen and need to find new careers. Both of them apply to be interns at Google and appear hopelessly out of their depth. For a low-budget comedy flick, this film offers plenty of laughs and has a simple and easy-to-follow storyline. Many film critics gave negative reviews of this film, with many saying that Vaughn and Wilson should have appeared in a movie such as this right after their success in "Wedding Crashers." Due to the disappointing response to this film, it is unlikely that Vaughn and Wilson will appear together on screen for some time yet.
Distinct from most other comedy films released this summer, "The Heat" provides two female leads in Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. This action-comedy film is more than a chick flick though, with plenty of plot depth to keep the audience interested. Director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids") specifically asked for Bullock and McCarthy to play the roles of Sarah Ashburn and Shannon Mullins respectively, even though the pair had not previously met before. However, the onscreen chemistry between the them is quite something. Ashburn and Mullins are forced to work together in order to take down a criminal mastermind, and there are quite a few comical scenes along the way. The good thing about "The Heat" is that it is really lighthearted, with Bullock and McCarthy doing their best to offer up some laughs for moviegoers. With only a small budget of $43 million, "The Heat" defied the odds and made close to five times its budget at the box office (almost $200 million). With this film largely being a commercial success, it is likely that a sequel will be made sometime within the next few years.
"Grown Ups 2"
Most comedy films are directed toward adult audiences; however, "Grown Ups 2" is great for the whole family. Although the 2010 original was largely criticized by industry experts, it proved to be a great success and led to the production of this sequel. Similarly, this film has also been given a whole host of negative reviews, yet the film has currently almost made twice its $80 budget ($154 million). Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade all return to reprise their original roles, and Salma Hayek also makes an appearance. "Grown Ups 2" may not be to everyone's taste, but it has proven popular with younger audiences once again.
Of all the comedy films released over the summer of 2013, "The Hangover Part III" has made the most money at the box office. However, compared to the previous films in the series, it is safe to say that the film has flopped. Based on revenue compared to production budget, "The Heat" can be considered to be the greatest summer comedy film of 2013 due to its high return on its production costs.