Reuters

LOS ANGELES-Walt Disney’s film ‘Iron Man 3’ was the hottest film of 2013, with ticket sales of $409 million in the North American market, one of four Disney films among the year’s top-selling movies, according to Rentrak.

‘Iron Man 3,’ which stars Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist Tony Stark and his alter ego inside the super-charged metal suit, finished just ahead of Lions Gate Entertainment’s dystopian action film ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ which had ticket sales of $398.4 million, the entertainment research service said. Comcast’s Universal Pictures animated film ‘Despicable Me 2’ was third with $367.8 million.

‘Man of Steel’ from Time Warner’s studio Warner Brothers was fourth with $291 million. Warner Brothers, whose film ‘Gravity’ also placed in the top 10, ended the year with 17 percent of the year’s record $10.9 billion in ticket sales, tops among Hollywood studios and ahead of Disney’s 15.7 percent, according to Rentrak.