Summer TV & Movies: The Hits & Misses
By ETONLINE STAFF
August 30, 2013
Labor Day is just around the corner and that means the rush of Hollywood's big summer blockbusters (for the big and small screens) have all been trotted out for the season. What were the biggest hits and misses? Read on to find out!
As for TV, CBS scored the summer's biggest hit with Under the Dome. The sci-fi drama, adapted from Stephen King's novel of the same name, routinely cleaned up on Monday nights, and has already been renewed for a second season.
AMC's Breaking Bad returned to finish an abbreviated season to score its biggest ratings ever, just in time to close its fifth and final season with a bang.
Regardless of the boost her famous family's popularity may have provided, Kris Jenner's new daytime talk show appears to be losing the ratings war. Not even Kimye's baby reveal could aid the fledgling series, and if rumors are to be believed, Kris is on the brink of cancellation.
As for the movies-- despite a summer of apparent flops, several films brought in the big bucks, pushing overall profit at the box office ten percent higher than this time last year.
Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., took in the highest summer gross with $406 million, followed closely behind by the Steve Carell-voiced Despicable Me 2 with $351 million.
On the other side of the spectrum, Disney's The Lone Ranger lassoed only $88 million in ticket sales—quite a bit shy from its hefty production price tag of $250 million.