Summer Block Buster Results

Well, it is September and Autumn has officially arrived. Where I type this from the sun is shinning brightly and there is a bird singing while the leaves on the trees are continuing their metamorphosis from lush greens to sweet golden red and brown. Alright, the bird that is singing is in a cage in the next room, but everything else I have said is true! I swear it!

The summer block buster season is over. Well, how was it? Lets take a look back at the 18 movies I previewed in May. Two of the movies in my preview, Jack The Giant Killer and GI Joe: Retaliation, were supposed to come out this summer but were instead delayed until next March.

The Avengers:

I think this movie exceeded expectations. Domestic: $622,888,162 + Foreign: $888,400,000 = Worldwide: $1,511,288,162. Impressive, a true block buster!


Not sure if this was a hit or not. The numbers don’t seem too bad. Domestic: $52,582,728 + Foreign: $30,047,47 = Worldwide: $82,630,199.

The Expendables 2:

This has been out only about a month now and it seems to be doing well. Domestic: $83,019,805 + Foreign: $186,000,000 = Worldwide: $269,019,805

Total Recall:

This remake didn’t get good reviews and it doesn’t seem to have down well at the box office. Domestic: $58,462,950 + Foreign: $114,142,385 = Worldwide: $172,605,335.

The Dark Knight Rises:

Batman lost against the Avengers in the box office battle but The Dark Knight Rises still did extremely well. Domestic: $443,124,014 + Foreign: $623,700,000 = Worldwide: $1,066,824,014.


The foul mouthed little teddy bear did well for himself. With a budget of $50 Million Ted brought in some impressive numbers. Domestic: $217,838,900 + Foreign: $202,891,894 = Worldwide: $420,730,794.

Ice Age: Continental Drift:

Despite mediocre reviews another journey back to the ice age seemed to do pretty well. Domestic: $158,561,292 + Foreign: $679,294,615 = Worldwide: $837,855,907.

The Amazing Spider-Man:

The Spidey reboot had a $230 Million budget so the domestic numbers are a bit anemic. Domestic: $261,471,268 + Foreign: $487,503,570 = Worldwide: $748,974,838


This movie had so-so reviews for a Pixar movie and was only their 8th highest box office numbers. A bit of a let down. Domestic: $233,558,247 + Foreign: $266,300,000 = Worldwide: $499,858,247.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter:

This movie looked fantastic…but the premise is just so…strange. It only made a little more than half its budget back in domestic sales so it is safe to call this one a bomb. Domestic: $37,519,139 + Foreign: $65,915,000 = Worldwide: $103,434,139.


A prequel to the Alien franchise, it under performed at the box office and came a few million shy of recapping its $130 Million budget. Domestic: $126,477,084 + Foreign: $271,614,000 = Worldwide: $398,091,084.

Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted:

This one is a winner! Domestic: $215,896,451+ Foreign: $411,900,000 = Worldwide: $627,796,451

Snow White And The Huntsman:

Another under performer. Did not reach its $170 Million budget. Domestic: $155,136,755 + Foreign: $241,260,448 = Worldwide: $396,397,203.

Men In Black 3:

Despite good reviews (much better than the second movie) it under performed domestically but did well over seas. Domestic: $179,020,854 + Foreign: $445,005,922 = Worldwide: $624,026,776 .


With a budget of $209 Million this movie seriously bombed in the domestic box office. It did much better over seas. I really loved the movie and was sad to see it perform so poorly. Domestic: $65,233,400 + Foreign: $237,602,860 = Worldwide: $302,836,260.

Dark Shadows

On a $150 Million budget this one seems to be a dud! Domestic: $79,727,149 + Foreign: $159,000,000 = Worldwide: $238,727,149.

There you have it. It seems a large portion of this list did poorly this summer. Although some of them didn’t do as well at the box office than the studios would have liked, when coupled with the foreign box office I think all of them did bring in a profit for the studios  Of course this was not all the movies released this summer, these were just the ones I was interested in. Gee, maybe I have a lousy taste in movies! 🙂


About liamfoley63

I was born in 1963 and that is relevant to my development of my love for science-fiction and fantasy movies, comic books, superheroes and many other things attributed to Nerd culture. In the 60s I watched all the Saturday afternoon Godzilla and monster movies I could take. In the 70s I became hooked on Star Trek. I am also an artist (in my own mind at least) and a musician. I enjoy learning about physics, astrophysics, chemistry and earth silences such as meteorology, anthropology, paleontology. When I reached my late 30s I began to re-explore my nerd roots. I reconnected with my love of science fiction and fantasy movies along with the other science related topics. For this blog I will focus on movie and TV reviews for science fiction and fantasy and post my thoughts on up coming movies. I will also include some fun facts from the various sciences I enjoy along with weather facts and bits from royalty and history. What I will not discuss is religion and politics. I am married to a beautiful woman named Sarah and have a lovely daughter named Danielle.

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