List of the best sleeper hit films of 2013, as ranked by movies lovers and film critics. In the film industry, when a movie isn’t a huge franchise, an action film with a big name attached, or a highly anticipated sequel it’s not a guarantee that the movie will make any money. Smaller films,back by indie production companies, can only hope that word of mouth will make the audience and box office draw grow. A sleeper hit is when a movie starts off with very little buzz and develops into a massive success, often without much marketing. Many sleeper films have ended up being among the biggest movies of all time. In 2013, there were plenty of sleeper hits that surprised the entire industry.
Most of the time, the reason a film is considered a sleeper hit is because it had very little promotion, no major stars, and a tiny budget.Movies like Frances Ha, Fruitvale Station, and All Is Lost fall under that category. However, other times movies are considered sleeper hits because the industry expects them to underperform. The Heat, for example, wasn’t expected to do well because of the two female leads, but ended up being one of the biggest movies of the year. The Purge got basically no marketing but ended up one of the highest grossing horror films of 2013.
What are the biggest sleeper hit films of 2013? This list features the top movies to surprise the whole entertainment industry with their success.