Plenty of talk about Hollywood caving in or self-destructing whenever there is a financial flop (Long Ranger, After Earth, etc.), but it appears that talk of Hollywood's death is greatly exaggerated.
The domestic box office haul of 2013, which observers estimate will eclipse last year’s record $10.8 billion tally, is part of a schizophrenic 12-month period punctuated by supersized hits like “Iron Man 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” as well as disastrous misses such as “After Earth,” “Lone Ranger” and “R.I.P.D.”
Write it down in the history books: 2013 was another record-setting year at the domestic box office.
Thanks to a robust Christmas time play period, which is estimated to be more than 10% up over last year, total B.O. is just $1.6 million behind the $10.837 billion record tally set in 2012, with two (three counting New Year’s day) days left to lift 2013 grosses even higher.