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January 10-12
Lone Survivor
$37.8 million
December 30-January 5
Despicable Me 2
4th week at #1
The Wolverine
Frozen [Soundtrack]

165,000 units
Pitbull, "Timber"


The Mentalist
7.4 million homes

The Big Bang Theory
12.7 million homes
18th consecutive week at #1
New Year's Rockin' Eve '14

6.8 million homes

Major Crimes
4.0 million homes
3rd consecutive week at #1

Call of Duty: Ghosts
116,360 units for the Xbox 360
8th week at #1

Sources for #1s: Box Office Mojo, Billboard, SoundScan, Nielsen Media Research, Rentrak Corporation, Home Media Magazine, VGChartz

CULTURE CLIPS is researched and written by Adam R. Holz with assistance from Paul Asay and Bob Hoose. It is edited by Steven Isaac.
Special Issue: 2013's Top 10s

Special Issue: 2013's Top 10s

"The list’s deepest appeal, and the source of its staying power, goes beyond the fact that it feels good," writes Maria Konnikova for The New Yorker. "Within the context of a Web page or Facebook stream, with their many choices, a list is the easy pick, in part because it promises a definite ending: we think we know what we’re in for, and the certainty is both alluring and reassuring." So as 2013 recedes from our view, the lists it generated now rise tall behind us, trying to make sense of what was, and maybe even what might be. Which, for purposes of this special issue of Culture Clips, can only mean one thing: It's time to take our annual look at pop culture's Top 10s. (And one Top 5, a shortened list from Twitter. Fitting, that.)

1Iron Man 3 (PG-13) $409.0 million
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) $395.5 million
Despicable Me 2 (PG) $367.8 million
Man of Steel (PG-13) $291.0 million
Monsters University (G) $268.5 million
Frozen (PG) $263.1 million
Gravity (PG-13) $254.9 million
Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) $238.7 million
Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) $234.9 million
Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13) $228.8 million

Hollywood enjoyed a second consecutive record year at the box office, with 2013's movies raking in $10.9 billion, an increase of 0.7% compared to 2012. An average ticket price of $8 contributed to that strongest-ever bottom line, though total ticket sales were actually down 0.4% to 1.35 billion. As has been the case for years now, science fiction, fantasy and animated sequels dominated the top slots, with Frozen and Gravity showing up as the only original, non-franchise films to join this year's upper echelon. Where's the second Hobbit movie, you ask? It just missed making the list due to the Dec. 31 cutoff. Since then, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has continued to perform strongly, and is currently at No. 8 for all films released in 2013. [, 1/13/14;, 1/3/14]

Despicable Me 2 (PG)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (PG-13)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13)
Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
Skyfall (PG-13)
Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
Monsters University (G)
Iron Man 3 (PG-13)
Man of Steel (PG-13)
The Croods (PG)

Total consumer spending on home entertainment, including DVD and Blu-ray sales, rentals, downloads, video on demand and video subscription services inched up 1% to $18.2 billion in 2013. Digital downloads of movies surged 47%, while digital subscription revenues jumped 30%. As has been the case with music for more than a decade, however, those digital sales gains were almost completely offset by declines in the purchase and rental of physical product, with sales of DVDs and Blu-rays dipping 8%, and rental revenue dropping 14%. [Digtial Entertainment Group, 1/5/14;, 1/9/14;, 1/8/14]

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 2.4 million units
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 1.7 million
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party 1.5 million
Imagine Dragons, Night Visions 1.4 million
Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox 1.4 million
Florida Georgia Line, Here's to the Good Times 1.4 million
Drake, Nothing Was the Same 1.3 million
Beyoncé, Beyoncé 1.3 million
Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story 1.1 million
Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail 1.1 million

The erosion of the music industry's bottom line resumed in 2013, with the industry as a whole down 6.3%. Total combined album sales (physical and digital) slid 8% compared to 2012. Though piracy has long been considered one of the main culprits pilfering sales, industry experts also point to the rise in free digitally streamed music as well, which saw a surge of 32% in 2013. The year's most popular album, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, sold just 2.4 million units, the lowest figure for a given year's best-selling album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking retail sales in 1991. [, 1/3/14;, 1/3/14;, 1/2/14]

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, "Blurred Lines" 6.5 million units
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop" 6.1 million
Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive" 5.5 million
Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise" 4.7 million
Lorde, "Royals" 4.4 million
Katy Perry, "Roar" 4.4 million
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason" 4.3 million
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us" 4.3 million
Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man" 3.9 million
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay" 3.9 million

Digital track sales slipped 6%, from 1.33 billion units in 2012 to 1.25 billion in 2013. This marks the first time the category has declined year-to-year since the inception of the medium. For the second consecutive year, fewer individual tracks topped the 1 million units sales mark, 106 in 2013 compared to 108 in 2012. [Billboard, 1/2/14]

WOW Hits 2013
Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories: Volume II
tobyMac, Eye on It
Third Day, Miracle
Skillet, Rise
Casting Crowns, Come to the Well
RED, Release the Panic
Colton Dixon, A Messenger
MercyMe, The Hurt & the Healer

[Billboard, 12/21/13]

Bon Jovi $259.5 million
Beyoncé $188.6 million
P!nk $170.6 million
Justin Bieber $169.0 million
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band $145.4 million
Rihanna $141.9 million
Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson - The Immortal $133.4 million
Taylor Swift $131.0 million
Depeche Mode $119.6 million
One Direction $114.0 million

Pollstar's ranking of the top concert tours of 2013 is based on all shows played domestically and internationally. [Pollstar, 12/30/13]

NCIS (CBS) 15.9 million homes (per week average)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 12.4 million
Blacklist (NBC) 12.3 million
Person of Interest (CBS) 11.5 million
Castle (ABC) 10.7 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) 10.6 million
Scandal (ABC) 10.3 million
Grey's Anatomy (ABC) 10.2 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) 9.8 million
The Mentalist (CBS) 9.2 million

[Combined data from complete 2012-13 network TV season (Sept.-Sept.) plus Fall '13 rankings from Nielsen Media Research. NOTE: If the same series appears in both '12-'13 data and Fall '13 data, the higher per-week average is used.]

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 14.4 million homes (per week average)
Modern Family (ABC) 9.5 million
The Millers (CBS) 8.4 million
Two and a Half Men (CBS) 8.1 million
Mike & Molly (CBS) 7.1 million
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 6.9 million
The Middle (ABC) 6.8 million
2 Broke Girls (CBS) 6.7 million
Mom (CBS) 6.1 million
Last Man Standing (ABC) 5.6 million

[Combined data from complete 2012-13 network TV season (Sept.-Sept.) plus Fall '13 rankings from Nielsen Media Research. NOTE: If the same series appears in both '12-'13 data and Fall '13 data, the higher per-week average is used.]

Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 11.4 million homes (per week average)
American Idol (Fox) 10.5 million
The Voice (NBC) 10.4 million
Survivor (CBS) 8.1 million
America's Got Talent (NBC) 8.0 million
The Amazing Race (CBS) 7.4 million
The Bachelor (ABC) 7.2 million
Undercover Boss (CBS) 6.4 million
Shark Tank (ABC) 5.8 million
The Biggest Loser (NBC) 5.5 million

[Combined data from complete 2012-13 network TV season (Sept.-Sept.) plus Fall '13 rankings from Nielsen Media Research. NOTE: If the same series appears in both '12-'13 data and Fall '13 data, the higher per-week average is used.]

Grand Theft Auto V 26.8 million units (worldwide)
Call of Duty: Ghosts
12.7 million
FIFA 2014
8.1 million
Pokémon X/Y
7.6 million
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
4.1 million
The Last of Us
3.7 million
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
3.4 million
Tomb Raider
3.2 million
Monster Hunter IV
3.0 million
Bioshock Infinite
2.9 million

Unit totals reflect North American and international sales figures combined, using data from Domestic-only sales figures for 2013, which are compiled annually by the NPD group, had not yet been released at publication time. [, 12/13/13]

Nelson Mandela
Paul Walker
iPhone 5s
Corey Monteith
Harlem Shake
Boston Marathon
Royal Baby
Samsung Galaxy S4
PlayStation 4
North Korea

Google doesn't release a list of most-searched terms internationally. Instead, the search engine giant releases lists of trending terms in different categories, defining "trending" as "Search topics with the largest increase in search volume since the previous period." [;]

PSY, "Gentleman M/V" 616.2 million views
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" 456.9 million
Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop" 326.1 million
Ylvis, "The Fox" 316.7 million
Katy Perry, "Roar" 301.6 million
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines" 245.7 million
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason" 245.2 million
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay" 228.4 million
Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith, "La La La" 222.8 million
Selena Gomez, "Come & Get It" 193.9 million

[, 1/2/14]

Pope Francis
Royal Baby
Margaret Thatcher
Harlem Shake
Miley Cyrus
Boston Marathon
Tour de France
Nelson Mandela


Presidential Inauguration
Boston Marathon
Magaret Thatcher
Nelson Mandela

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