'Iron Man 3', 'Despicable Me 2', and several other hits helped drive one of the best box office markets in history over the past four months.

UPDATED: Summer 2013 Rundown: Key Stats and Final Analysis for the Biggest Summer Ever

on August 30, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

summer2013.pngUpdate: Our analysis below has been updated to include the final results from Labor Day weekend.

Previously: School is in session again, the heat of the season has peaked (for most of us), grills are firing up one last time, and the earliest hints of awards buzz for fall's movies are becoming audible. All of this can mean only one thing: summer's over, folks.

And what a summer it was. The industry's keynote season (defined here as May 1 through August 31) hauled a record $4.69 billion (topping Summer 2011's previous $4.34 billion record). Most studios have plenty of reasons to be patting themselves on the back: this summer yielded a strong 11.5 percent increase over Summer 2012.  That's the biggest summer-to-summer market improvement since 2007 bested 2006 by 11.8 percent.

Year-to-date, 2013 has finally overtaken last year's pace with $7.67 billion tally through Monday, September 2. That puts the year on par with 2010's $7.7 billion gross through Labor Day (which fell on September 6 that year).

Although August's market softened from summer's earlier months, it still brought in $929.5 million--up more than 15 percent from August 2012, but representing the fourth lowest August attendance since 2005. That shouldn't be too concerning, however, as audiences clearly had their fill of blockbusters in May, June, and July. So much so that even a majorly successful summer was still prone to a few box office disappointments (and outright bombs) here and there. To be fair, however, some were victims of poor timing just as much as they were victims of bad business decision-making. We'll spare you the dead-horse beating and not name any names.

Below, you'll find a few of Summer 2013's key statistics, as well as the season's top earners in the global, domestic, and domestic opening weekend categories. Watch BoxOffice in the days ahead for our preview of what's to come as the year enters its third act.

Key Summer 2013 All-Time Stats:

- Highest grossing May ($1.143 billion)
- Highest May attendance since 2004 (estimated, 4th best ever)
- Highest Memorial Weekend market gross ($314.3 million)
- 2nd highest 4-day frame gross (only behind December 25-28, 2009's $331.1 million)
- Highest grossing June ever ($1.245 billion)
- 3rd ever highest June attendance (estimated, behind 2004 and 2002)
- 2nd highest grossing July ever ($1.37 billion, behind 2011's $1.398 billion)
- Highest projected summer attendance since 2007 (estimated)

Global Top 10:

1. Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion)
2. Despicable Me 2 ($823.4 million)
3. Fast & Furious 6 ($787.5m)
4. Monsters University ($715.3m)
5. Man of Steel* ($657.8m)
6. World War Z ($532.4m)
7. Star Trek Into Darkness ($462.6m)
8. Pacific Rim ($404.8m)
9. The Wolverine ($360.5m)
10. The Hangover Part III ($350.5m)

Domestic Top 10:

1. Iron Man 3 ($408.9 million)
2. Despicable Me 2 ($355.7m)
3. Man of Steel ($290.8m)
4. Monsters University ($264.3m)
5. Fast & Furious 6 ($238.7m)
6. Star Trek Into Darkness ($228.5m)
7. World War Z ($200.7m)
8. The Heat ($157.4m)
9. The Great Gatsby ($144.8m)
10. The Conjuring ($134.2m)

Domestic Top 10 Opening Weekends:

1. Iron Man 3 ($174.2 million)
2. Man of Steel* ($116.6m)
3. Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4m)
4. Despicable Me 2** ($83.5m)
5. Monsters University ($82.4m)
6. Star Trek Into Darkness*** ($70.2m)
7. World War Z ($66.4m)
8. The Wolverine ($53.1m)
9. The Great Gatsby ($50.1m)
10. The Conjuring ($41.9m)

Bottom 5 Opening Weekends from Widely Released Major Studio Films:

1. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples ($4.6 million)
2. You're Next ($7.0m)
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones** ($9.3m)
4. R.I.P.D. ($12.7m)
5. Kick-Ass 2 ($13.3m)

Please note: All grosses reported as of Tuesday, September 3, 2013

* = Excludes Thursday night grosses
** = Excludes Wednesday & Thursday opening grosses
*** = Excludes Thursday opening gross

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