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Top 13 Highest Grossing Films in 2013

Posted Tuesday December 31, 2013 9:00 AM GMT

In 2013, a number of spectacular flicks hit the theaters bringing adventure-seekers, superhero lovers and little minions out for a night of fun.

Movie-goers raked in millions and millions of dollars for the various productions companies and GossipCenter reviews the top 13 highest grossing movies from the past year.

1. "Iron Man 3" ( Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle): Raking in $409 million to date, this action-packed finale to the Iron Man trilogy is the leader on the 2013 box office charts. The flick follows Tony Stark as he fights a terrorist group called the Mandarin to save his friends and his country.

2. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ( Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth): Grossing an impressive $391 million, the second Hunger Games installment follows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark when they become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

3. “Despicable Me 2” ( Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt): Bringing in nearly $367 million, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal in this heart-warming animated flick.

4. “Man of Steel” ( Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon): Earning $291 million this year, the flick follows the classic tale of a young itinerant worker forced to confront his secret extra-stellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race.

5. “Monsters University” (Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi): Profiting nearly $269 million, the Disney/Pixar mashup takes a look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University, when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

6. “Gravity” ( Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris): Earning $254 million, the sci-fi thriller tells the story of a medical engineer and an astronaut working together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

7. “Frozen” ( Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel): Rolling in at a whopping $248 million, the long-awaited family-flick-gone-musical showcases fearless optimist Anna teaming up with a man named Kristoff in an epic journey. The Disney characters encounter 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.

8. “Fast and Furious 6” ( Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson): Coming in just under the halfway point and grossing more than $238 million, one of Paul Walker’s final movies returns to the iconic franchise as 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.

9. “Oz the Great and Powerful” ( James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis): The soulful remake of the beloved “Oz” series came in just shy of $235 million, telling the tale of a small-time magician swept away to an enchanted land, who is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

10. “Star Trek Into Darkness” ( Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch): Turning a profit of almost $229 million, the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, and Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

11. “Thor: The Dark World” ( Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard): Grossing more than $202 million, the latest hit in the Marvel Avengers franchise introduces an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, making Thor embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet. One that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

12. “World War Z” ( Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz): With a revenue of $202 million, the zombie movie follows United Nations employee Gerry Lane across the globe in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, threatening to destroy humanity itself.

13. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom): Jumping into the mix the last weekend of 2013, the second Hobbit flick earned more than $190 million this year. In the fantasy film, the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.