Which movies did Peruvians see on the big screen this year?


Wondering what pictures were boffo and the Peruvian box office this year? Wonder no longer, dear reader. I have the definitive list, as published by Gestion.

*1. Asu Mare*
The top movie of 2013 in Perú was a homegrown feature: Carlos Alcantara’s comedy “Asu Mare.” According to Gestion, the film raked in $11,852,786.

*2. Iron Man 3*
Iron Man 3 was hugely successful worldwide– it was the highest-grossing movie in the United States with around $409 million in earnings, and accumulated $5,794,748 in Peruvian ticket sales.

*3. The Smurfs 2*
This cyan sequel made $4,765,131 in Peru. Gestion reports that the movie, starring actor Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, and Hank Azaria involves Smurfish shenanigans in Paris.

*4. World War Z*
Joining the list in fourth place is the Brad Pitt action vehicle “World War Z,” which earned $4,357,170 in Perú. The film, famously plagued by production setbacks and delays, reportedly made $540,007,876 worldwide, soothing studio execs’ fears that the nearly $200 million investment on the movie wouldn’t pay off.

*5. Fast and Furious 6*
The sixth installment in what has become a nigh-unstoppable high-octane saga earned $4,242,220 in Peruvian cinemas. Earning over $780 million worldwide, the movie was the world’s third most-successful film of 2013 and the 43rd highest-grossing film of all time.

*6. Despicable Me 2*
Another favorite in Peru and around the world was the animated film “Despicable Me 2.” Starring Steve Carell as the voice of lovable evil genius Gru, the film earned $4,102,065 in Peru.

*7. Thor: The Dark World*
The second film in the Thor franchise earned $3,967,142 in Peru, placing the marvelous (pun intended) movie among the top ten, despite being released relatively late in the year. Starring golden-haired Chris Hemsworth as the titular Thor and the acclaimed Christopher Eccleston as villain Malekith, the movie has earned more than $625 million worldwide.

*8. Monsters University*
This Pixar prequel, featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman as monsters Mike and Sully, did well in Peru. The film earned $3,318,196 in ticket sales.

*9. The Croods*
Another animated adventure fit for kids of all ages, this story about a prehistoric family made $2,743,686 in Perú. “The Croods” features the voice talents of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicholas Cage, and Catherine Keener.

*10. Cementerio General*
This Peruvian horror film about the terrifying supernatural misadventures of a group of young people in Iquitos earned $2,696,065 in domestic theaters.

Gestion notes that “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” did not make the list, as it was released in mid-December and total 2013 profits are as of yet unknown. Website Box Office Mojo reports that “Hobbit” has earned more than $426 million worldwide since its premiere.

Commenters, have you seen any of Peru’s top 2013 films? What did you think? Did they deserve the millions they earned, or should viewers have turned their attention to different cinematic offerings?Two Peruvian films made the list, while the rest came courtesy of Hollywood.



Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.