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Three Wilmington-filmed movies make list of top box office success stories

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'Iron Man 3' films above the Cape Fear River. 'Iron Man 3' films above the Cape Fear River.
Robert Downey, Jr., and Jon Favreau starred in 'Iron Man 3.' Robert Downey, Jr., and Jon Favreau starred in 'Iron Man 3.'
'We're the Millers' filmed a carnival scene in Brunswick County. 'We're the Millers' filmed a carnival scene in Brunswick County.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Three Wilmington-filmed movies made the list of the "Top 10 Box Office Success Stories in 2013," according to IMDb, an online database of information about films, television shows, actors and executives.

The list includes movies that over-performed and surprise hits.

Iron Man 3, We're the Millers and The Conjuring made the list.

Here's what IMDb noted about Iron Man 3:

Typically, the third movie in a franchise earns less than its predecessor at the domestic box office. That wasn't the case with Iron Man 3, which wound up being viewed more as a spin-off of mega-hit The Avengers than as a sequel to the underwhelming Iron Man 2. While Iron Man 3 was the top movie of the year at the domestic box office (over $409 million), the real upside was overseas, where its $806 million haul was more than double that of its predecessor. Worldwide, the movie's $1.2 billion total ranks fifth all-time.

About We're the Millers, IMDb writes:

Benefiting from good scheduling and a strong premise, road trip comedy, We're the Millers got off to a solid start in early August. The movie then held well thanks to strong word-of-mouth, and ultimately became the highest-grossing movie of August 2013. To date, it has earned over $150 million at the domestic box office.

Here's what IMDb wrote about The Conjuring:

With a confident, aggressive marketing effort, The Conjuring kicked off its run with $41.9 million, which is the highest opening ever for an original R-rated horror movie. From there, word-of-mouth was so strong that it managed to overcome the horror genre's front-loading problems, and consistently had weekend drops below 50 percent. The Conjuring wrapped up its domestic run with $137.4 million, which made it the top supernatural horror movie in over a decade.

All three films were shot in Wilmington in 2012, making that the biggest year ever for the film industry in the state.

Productions spent $376 million in the state in 2012, according to numbers from the North Carolina Film Office.

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