Well, now that Universal‘s Despicable Me 2 has proven itself 2013’s Most Valuable Blockbuster, the film’s impresario, Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri (below), deserves to take a victory lap. More seriously, the tournament was conducted to give a clearer idea, beyond the weekend and annual box office standings, of the profits and Total Cash on Cash returns that films generate. These are the factors that keep studios in business and keep co-financiers coming back for more. As a final cap, Deadline Hollywood provides readers with the revenue and costs charts of all 16 films that participated in the inaugural tournament. This data was always expected to be the most memorable part of this exercise.

Despicable Me 2 Chris Meledandri Profit

As a refresher, here’s how our tournament played out, with links to each game:

2 years
It is not just about the movies itself. It took into consideration all the other merchandizes and...
2 years
Totally Disagree here. It seems debatable to me whether Despicable Me 2 will even stand the test...
2 years
Exactly what I would have said. And sure enough, those two have the highest cash return ratio,...


#1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #3 ‘Despicable Me 2′

#1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #5 ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
#2 ‘Frozen’ Vs. #3 ‘Despicable Me 2′

#1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #8 ‘Gravity’
#2 ‘Frozen’ Vs. #7 ‘Monsters University’
#3 ‘Despicable Me 2′ Vs. ‘#6 Fast & Furious 6′
#4 ‘Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug’ Vs. #5 ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

#1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #16 ‘The Conjuring’
#2 ‘Frozen’ Vs. #15 ‘The Great Gatsby’
#3 ‘Despicable Me 2′ Vs. #14 Star Trek Into Darkness’
#4 ‘Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug’ Vs. #13 ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’
#5 ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Vs. #12 ‘World War Z’
#6 ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Vs. #11 ‘The Croods’
#7 ‘Monsters University’ Vs. #10 ‘Thor: The Dark World’
#8 ‘Gravity’ Vs. #9 ‘Man Of Steel’