Biggest Comedy of 2013: Predictions

Let’s face it, so far 2013’s been a pretty damn weak year for comedy.  So far, the only representatives of the genre have ranged from mediocre (21 and Over, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) to the absolutely appalling (Movie 43, Scary Movie 5, The Big Wedding).  In terms of Box Office numbers, it seems that audiences seem to have taken note of this fact; only two out of the ten 2013 Comedy wide releases have made it past $50 million, with some failing to even make it past the double digit mark.  Identity Thief currently holds the title for the #1 Comedy of the year, but the year is far from over.  In the meantime, here’s a quick look at the biggest Comedies of the past ten years.

2003 – Elf


Domestic Gross: $173.4 Million

Worldwide Gross: $220.4 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Metacritic: 64/100

2004 – Meet the Fockers


Domestic Gross: $279.1 Million

Worldwide Gross: $516.6 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%

Metacritic: 41/100

2005 – Wedding Crashers


Domestic Gross: $209.3 Million

Worldwide Gross: $285.2 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

Metacritic: 64%

2006 – Tallageda Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

talladeganights_poster Domestic Gross: $148.2 Million

Worldwide Gross: $163.0 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

Metacritic: 66/100

2007 – Alvin and the Chipmunks


Domestic Gross: $217.3 Million

Worldwide Gross: $ 361.4 Miilion

Rotten Tomatoes: 26%

Metacritic: 39/100

2008 – Sex in the City


Domestic Gross: $152.7 Million

Worldwide Gross: $415.3 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%

Metacritic: 53/100

2009 – The Hangover

hangover_poster Domestic Gross: $277.3 Million

Worldwide Gross: $467.5 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Metacritic: 73/100

2010 – Grown Ups


Domestic Gross: $162.0 Million

Worldwide Gross: $271.4 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 9%

Metacritic: 30/100

2012 – The Hangover: Part II

hangover2_poster Domestic Gross: $254.5 Million

Worldwide Gross: $586.8 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 34%

Metacritic: 44/100

2012 – Ted


Domestic Gross: $218.8 Million

Worldwide Gross: $549.4 Million

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

Metacritic: 62/100

2013 – ???

As you can see from some of the movies above, when it comes to comedy bigger doesn’t always translate to better.  A lot of the best comedies of the past 10 years aren’t on this list, and it’s more than likely that 2013 won’t be much different.  Many, like myself, would love to see Edgar Wright’s The World’s End come away with the prize, but barring some act of God, that isn’t going to happen with competition like The Hangover: Part III, Anchorman II and Grown Ups 2 coming up.

What do you think will be the biggest comedy of 2013?  

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15 Responses to Biggest Comedy of 2013: Predictions

  1. Box Office $ wise? Its gotta be Hangover III, no?

    • r361n4 says:

      Normally I’d say yes but third installments tend to take a major box office hit after the preceding sequel isn’t well received. Look at Alvin and the Chipmunks or Pirates of the Carribean, or Transformers. We’ll see how it does this weekend, but my guess is that it winds up under $200 million

  2. ruth says:

    I think I’m w/ you about The World’s End, I mean Hot Fuzz was sooo hilarious! Interesting how most comedies aren’t a hit w/ the critics though.

    • r361n4 says:

      It is sort of bullshit, it seems like a lot of reviewers don’t have much of a sense of humor or at the very least are comedy purists and only like older ones

  3. keith7198 says:

    I think the comedy genre is in a state of disarray. So many weak, gimmicky comedies that follow the same formula. Either juvenile stupidity or raunchy. That seems to be all that Hollywood can put out.

  4. Nick Powell says:

    The Hangover will make about a billion dollars and only continue to prove that the general movie going audience is just a bunch of stupid sheep that stumble into the theater, throwing their money at things that don’t matter, are intelligent, or at all, worthwhile. Fuck the world.

  5. mettelray says:

    I’d want it to be something that’s not a sequel or a part of a franchise so.. This Is the End maybe but I’m sure it’ll be Hangover…..or.. I don’t know.. Adam Sandler’s movie !! I don’t even want to think about it.

  6. I think The Hangover III will walk the box office, closely followed by Anchorman. The World’s End is my most anticipated comedy of the year though by a mile. There is a proper dearth of good comedy films at the moment.

  7. The Hangover: Part III will obviously win this year at the comedy box office.

  8. Gene says:

    Anchorman 2, no question. Hangover 2 was enough of a disappointment to keep people away from part 3.

  9. That’s a pretty sad list. I think Anchorman 2 will take it this year because the anticipation is there and Hangover II didn’t sit well with most people.

  10. Garrett says:

    I’d say that Anchorman 2 will be the biggest money maker. After that, perhaps This is the End and Hangover III?

  11. I think The Hangover 3 will take it this year. Loved the first one, absolutely loathed the second. Maybe I’ll watch the third, since I don’t think it can be worse than its predecessor.

  12. Ben says:

    I think people underestimate the cult following of Anchorman. Its become a lot of people’s favourite comedy movie since it was out on DVD while a lot of people were really disappointed with Hangover 2. Anchorman 2 will take it.

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