Summer Cinema: Hits & Misses

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With summer behind us, we take a last look at what excited audiences (both mainstream and art-house) and what kept them away in droves.

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Top Moneymaking Films

1. The Avengers - $621 million
2. The Dark Knight Rises - $437 million
3. The Amazing Spider-Man - $260 million
4. Brave - $233 million
5. Ted - $216 million
6. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - $215 million
7. Men in Black 3 - $179 million
8. Ice Age: Continental Drift - $157 million
9. Snow White and the Huntsman - $155 million
10. Prometheus - $126 million
11. Magic Mike - $113 million
12. The Bourne Legacy - $103 million

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Top Moneymaking Art-House Films

1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $46 million
2. Moonrise Kingdom - $44 million
3. To Rome with Love - $16 million
4. Beasts of the Southern Wild - $10 million
5. The Intouchables - $8 million

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Biggest Money Losers

1. Battleship (cost: $209 million; gross: $65 million = $144 million loss)
2. Dark Shadows (cost: $150 million; gross: $79 million = $71 million loss)
3. Total Recall (cost: $125 million; gross: $57 million = $68 million loss)
4. Men in Black 3 (cost: $225 million; gross: $179 million = $46 million loss)
5. Rock of Ages (cost: $75 million; gross: $38 million = $37 million loss)
6. The Watch (cost: $68 million; gross: $33 million = $35 million loss)
7. That’s My Boy (cost: $70 million; gross: $36 million = $34 million loss)
8. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (cost: $69 million; gross: $37 million = $32 million loss)

(Domestic grosses only. Through Sept. 9. Sources: Box Office Mojo & IMDb.)

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