The last year was ripe for speculative fiction in our lives, from books to movies to hardware. Let’s take a look at how spec fic permeated the movie market in 2013.
The top grossing movies of 2013 were
1. Iron Man 3
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3. Despicable Me 2
4. Man of Steel
6. Monsters University
8. Fast and Furious 6
9. Oz The Great and Powerful
10. Star Trek Into Darkness
And that’s just the top ten.
Speculative fiction (includes science fiction and fantasy and horror, etc) permeates the below top ten as well, like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at #11, Thor: The Dark World which came in at 12, World War Z at #13. All according to Boxofficemojo.com, 2013 Domestic Grosses.
Spec fic even invaded social media. As you'll see in the charts provided, Facebook and Twitter are where it's at when it comes to film promotion.
The top 10 grossing Sci-Fi titles in the US according to IMDB have two 2013 movies on the list already: Iron Man 3 and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This coming year will most likely continue the trend in science fiction/fantasy movies, both adult and animated, and looks to be a veritable cornucopia for speculative fiction fans.
Top 10 Highest Grossing Films 2013
The highest grossing films for 2013 are strongly speculative fiction (or sci-fi if you must), with Iron Man 3 at the top and #10 is our fave, Star Trek: Into Darkness. Only one wasn't science fiction in this top ten list and that was Fast & Furious 6, although we could say those cars and that action was a little fantastical.
Top Grossing Sci-Fi Films of all time
Now compare the top grossing films of 2013 and the all-time highest grossing films in the US, and you'll see Iron Man 3 as #4, and Hunger Games: Catching Fire as #8, proving 2013 was a great year for sci-fi films.
Box Office results by year
Look at how many sci-fi films are listed as the highest grossing movie of that year. Only Toy Story 3 wasn't sci-fi or fantasy (well it was fantasy of an animated sort) and Shrek 2.
Increase in social mentions
Social media played a key role in promoting the movies of 2013. Of course, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill had a large amount of social mentions. Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire saw the least amount.
Movie shares by service
What social media venues faired the best in film promotion? Facebook was #1, Twitter coming in at #2, and then social media drops off dramatically to print and email.