Best On-Screen Hits of 2013
As the year draws to a close amid all the trial and tribulations, the unkept New Year’s resolutions and the extra pounds, we’ll take you through this year’s 20 highest grossing movies according to IMDB and if you haven’t watched any of them, sit your tush down, get comfortable and get watching.
20. The Wolverine
The second installment in the solo venture of Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine, an X-Men, a mutant with regenerative powers and bones made of an indestructible metal called Adamantium. This time we follow him through the years starting with his experience during the Hiroshima bombing right up through modern-day Japan where he is asked to do something which is both attractive and equally dangerous and will allow him to face his demons.
19. Grownups 2
After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
18. Identity Thief
Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Florida to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.
17. The Conjuring
In the style of modern horror movies ‘Mama’ and ‘Insidious’, this takes us to a farmhouse where the family are being terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to see what is truly behind these manifestations.
16. The Great Gatsby
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed book “The Great Gatsby” takes us to 1920s New York where the Industrialisation is taking hold, liquor and booze is taking over and people revel in debauchery. A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. Leonardo Di Caprio follows in the footsteps of Robert Redford (Gatsby, 1984) in this stunning show of The Roaring 20s in the true style of Lurhmann’s Red Curtain trilogy.
15. We’re the Millers
A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. A comedy about a drug dealer, a stripper, a runaway and a virgin, on the road together. How bad could it be?
14. The Heat
An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. We see Sandra Bullock back in action in this much acclaimed movie which marks her return after the flop, “All about Steve”.
A Christmas movie in true Disney spirit which comes complete with a Princess, an evil sister and a handsome Prince to save the day, with a twist. Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
12. The Croods
A Neanderthal family must make its way through dangerous and fantastical landscapes when their cave house is destroyed and they need to find a new one to survive with the help of an inventive boy.
11. Thor: The Dark World
Picking up from where we left them at the end of “The Avengers” we see Loki and Thor return to Asgard, a new evil menace from the past threatening the peace in London and a possibility of redemption for Loki. Will he take the chance to clear his name or will his true nature take over once again?
10. World War Z
Starting our Top 10 we have a movie partially shot in our beautiful islands with breathtaking shots of Valletta.
In true apocalyptic fashion we have United Nations employee Gerry Lane traversing the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
9. Star Trek Into Darkness
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
8. Oz The Great and Powerful
A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. We discover how the legend of Oz was created, what there truly is over the rainbow and why the colour green.
7. Fast and the Furious 6
Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. This of course was the last movie of the franchise before Paul Walker passed away earlier this year so it will be worth a watch.
A breath-taking journey through space in stunning 3D and definitely not for the faint hearted, a medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
5. Monsters University
A prequel to Monsters Inc. takes us back to see the Monsters as they make their way through University life and freshman year and a look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
4. Man of Steel
We are taken back to yet another Superman origins story where a young worker, trying to make ends meet while staying under the radar is set up to face his extra-terrestrial heritage when members of his race, believed to be lost, threaten to destroy earth.
3. Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. They are called back to the Victors’ Villa and given new rules for the 75th Hunger Games.
2. Despicable Me 2
This time we see Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Will he live up to the expectations?
Last but not least;
1. Iron Man 3
We see Iron Man dealing with insomnia and nightmares after the New York siege with The Avengers. His nerves are shattered, he’s losing his grip on life and on top of it all he has to face the emergence of a terrorist villain with extreme fire power called The Mandarin. He will need all the help he can get and Pepper Potts fires-up for action.
And there you have it. How many have you watched? Do you agree with the list above or maybe your favourite movie didn’t make the list? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.