1. Instructions Not Included
Foreign-language films rarely break out in America, and when they do, they’re often Oscar contenders. But Eugenio Derbez’s father-daughter dramedy with bawdy laughs and a shameless tearjerker of an ending earned $44.5 million against a $5 million budget, making it the highest-grossing Spanish-language movie of all time in the U.S.
2. Iron Man 3
Sure, it cost $200 million — a sum that not even Tony Stark would call pocket change. But Iron Man 3’s global $1.2 billion makes it the second-biggest superhero movie ever. Being No. 2 might sting, except that Iron Man also happens to star in the film that holds the top spot: The Avengers.
3. We’re The Millers
The R-rated Winnebago comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston took the long road to box office glory. After a $26.4 million debut, it became a word-of-mouth hit that earned almost six times that ($150.4 million) by the end of its run.