NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The movies might have been packed with explosions, but the summer box office ended with more of a whimper. Gross domestic ticket revenue peaked at $4.05 billion to end the Labor Day weekend, down 15% from $4.75 billion a year earlier. For the first time since 2001, no single summer hit crossed the $300 million mark.
Don't feel too bad for the major studios, though. While there were no runaway hits the likes of last year's Iron Man 3 or The Avengers in 2012, there were still plenty of million-dollar franchises to cruise by on.
Here are the winners and losers of the summer 2014 box office by studio.
6. Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Studios
Funny Makes Money Award: Neighbors, a frat-boy flick starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, led the charge with an early May release and pulled in a total $266.6 million globally, nearly 15 times its production costs.
Women Can Anchor Action Movies Award: Lucy also proved a prickle in the side of naysayers who argue female characters cannot front multimillion-dollar movies. The Scarlett Johansson flick generated $270.2 million worldwide.
Winner of The Critics Were Right Award: Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West limped out of the gate in late May making only $42.7 million domestically, little more than the $40 million cost it cost to produce the movie. Expectations were high given MacFarlane's 2012 film Ted scored $218.8 million over its domestic run.
- The Purge: Anarchy ($103.6M)
- Get On Up ($29.6M)
- Wish I Was Here ($4.03M)
Total gross: $759.9 million. An impressive total given no film cost more than $50 million to make. However, it's a pittance compared to 2013, a year in which Despicable Me 2 made more than $970 million.