Summer Movie Season’s Top 18 Surprises
From buzzy films that flopped to the emergence of some unlikely box-office draws, the summer movie season had a few tricks up its sleeve this year. Here are some of the more unexpected curve balls that came out of Summer 2013:
18. 'Only God Forgives' Has No 'Drive'
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The highly anticipated second collaboration of director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling ended up being a disappointment. To be fair it, had the rather dubious task of following a film as thrilling as "Drive." The mean, spare, and astonishingly violent "Only God Forgives" inspired boos at Cannes earlier in the year and didn't fare too well when it arrived stateside in limited release on July 19. It looks pretty, sure, but so does "Drive," and you can watch that over and over on Netflix Streaming.
17. Kevin Hart Is Bank
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Kevin Hart's star continues to rise as his stand-up concert film, "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," earned an impressive $10 million over its Fourth of July opening ... an even more formidable number when you consider that "The Lone Ranger' earned only $29 million that same weekend. "Let Me Explain" went on to earn more than $32 million, making it a respectable companion piece to Hart's 2012 hit, "Think Like a Man," which made $91 million against a budget of $12 million. Oh, and let's not forget his cameo as his-sort-of-self in "This Is the End," which earned over $96 million this summer.
16. Jason Statham, 'Fast and Furious' Bad Guy
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"Furious 6" nearly reached giddy adrenaline levels of "Fast Five" (2011), and packed a huge surprise reveal at the end. It seems that the gang's undoing of the villainous Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) will not go unpunished, as his brother Ian (Jason Statham) is now on a roaring rampage of revenge, with his first target being poor Han (Sung Kang), whom Ian seemingly blows sky high in his own vehicle. On to next summer's "Furious 7," which will be directed by James Wan of "The Conjuring."