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The 3 Worst Movies of 2013

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Tim Beyers
December 8, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl star in The Fifth Estate. Credit: DreamWorks Studios.

Singling out any creative project as among the "worst" can be a dicey affair. Tastes vary, after all.

So when I went seeking the worst movies of 2013, I didn't just ask friends for their opinions. (They had plenty.) I also sought data. Below are the three worst-performing films that appeared in at least 1,000 U.S. theaters, according to data supplied by Box Office Mojo:

Movie
Worldwide Gross
Production Budget
Rotten Tomatoes Rating
Studio Distributor

The Fifth Estate

$8.55 million

$28 million

38%

Buena Vista

Paranoia

$13.8 million

$35 million

4%

Relativity Media

Battle of the Year

$14.2 million

$20 million

4%

Sony/Screen Gems

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes.

What about the year's big-budget bombs? They're here, and they're as ugly as you'd expect:

Movie
Worldwide Gross
Production Budget
Rotten Tomatoes Rating
Studio Distributor

R.I.P.D.

$78.3 million

$130 million

13%

Universal

Jack the Giant Slayer

$197.7 million

$195 million

52%

Warner Bros./New Line

The Lone Ranger

$260.5 million

$215 million

31%

Buena Vista

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes.

Notice the correlation between a poor box office and lousy reviews. You may not like critics, but they hold uncommon sway over Hollywood's fortunes. Here, Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Buena Vista studios looks like a loser with bombs at both the low and high ends of the 2013 movie slate. Perhaps it would be if Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and, most recently, Frozen, weren't such big winners at the box office this year.

Sony