Plus: Horror and comedies make their summertime mark
Winner: Universal Pictures
Can we talk about the blockbusters Universal Pictures had this summer? "Fast and Furious 6" ($786.6 million global) and "Despicable Me 2" ($807 million global). A cash cow hit with "The Purge" and a solid triple with "2 Guns." Throw "Kick-Ass 2" out the window as a break even at worst after ancillaries (they spent only $10 million for U.S. rights) and all you've got weighing the studio down is the disastrous "R.I.P.D." But, stop the presses. Universal was so smart about their summer they even won on that point. In July "DM2" was still eviscerating the competition in its third week (including expected heavy hitters such as "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2") when "R.I.P.D." had a by the numbers release with minimal fanfare and publicity. If Universal was basically going to ignore "R.I.P.D.," so was the media. Outlets almost completely ignored what should be an over $100 million write down on the studio's books. It so outrageous it doesn't just make Universal a summer winner, it makes them the summer champs.