"Iron Man 3" named highest-grossing film of 2013

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Robert Downey Jr. stars in this 2008 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The plot surrounds Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), who as an industrialist and master engineer builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man.
December 30th, 2013

'Iron Man 3' has been crowned the highest-grossing film of 2013.

The Robert Downey Jr.-starring superhero adventure took in a massive total of $1,215,439,994 at the global box office, wiping out competition from runner-up 'Despicable Me 2' with total takings of $918,573,535.

Meanwhile, the sixth instalment of racing franchise 'Fast & Furious' - which stars the late actor Paul Walker - came in third place with $788,679,850.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' has already grossed $771,484,011 in the few weeks since its release, while animated comedy sequel 'Monsters University' rounded out the top five with $743,559,607, according to Box Office Mojo.

Blockbusters 'Man of Steel', 'Gravity', 'Thor: The Dark World', 'The Croods' and 'World War Z' completed the top ten.

It seems Downey Jr. has found a winning formula with Marvel's 'Iron Man', since his role as playboy billionaire Tony Stark has made him the best paid actor in Hollywood with estimated earnings of $75 million.

Thanks to 2012 superhero team-up movie, 'The Avengers', Iron Man has also became the highest-earning superhero on the big screen of all time, raking in a combined figure of $3.8 billion.



The top 20 highest-grossing movies of 2013 are as follows:

1. Iron Man 3 - $1,215,439,994

2. Despicable Me 2 - $918,573,535

3. Fast & Furious 6 - $788,679,850

4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $771,484,011

5. Monsters University - $743,559,607

6. Man of Steel - $662,845,518

7. Gravity - $652,394,288

8. Thor: The Dark World - $627,858,622

9. The Croods - $587,204,668

10. World War Z - $540,007,876

11. Oz the Great and Powerful - $493,311,825

12. Star Trek Into Darkness - $467,365,246

13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $426,244,000

14. The Wolverine - $414,828,246

15. Pacific Rim - $407,602,906

16. GI Joe: Retaliation - $375,740,705

17. Frozen - $363,012,773

18. Now You See Me - $351,723,989

19. The Hangover Part III - $351,000,072

20. The Great Gatsby - $348,840,419