This was a pretty big year for the domestic box office. So far, 24 films have reached over $100 million, which is something to be proud of after a slow start to the year.
With summer blockbusters like Marvel’s The Avengers, The Hunger Games, and The Dark Knight Rises it seemed that the summer months would help carry the rest of the year. Some surprises included the long awaited Skyfall and the R-rated comedy Ted, coming from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
Among some other big hits include Snow White and the Huntsmen ($155 million), the new Disney picture Wreck-It-Ralph ($164.4 million), and Taken 2 ($137.6 million), a film which no one thought would even get close to the first that took in $145 million.
While there were some major hits, there were also some major misses. The newest installment in the Ice Age franchise failed to go bigger the fourth time around ($160 million for Continental Drift vs. $196 for Dawn of the Dinosaurs back in 2009). Alex Cross ($25.5 million) starring Tyler Perry also was a huge disappointment – especially after all the publicity they gave the film. Also adding to the flop train was the remake of Total Recall ($58.8 million) and the final installment of the American Pie series, American Reunion ($56.7 million).
There aren’t as many big movies announced for release in 2013 save for Iron Man 3 and a few select others, so it will be interesting to see how next year fairs with 2012.
Still to come in 2012 are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Jack Reacher, with the former presumably going to debut huge, with the latter being a big question mark. But if things do change between now and December 31st, there will be updates.
1. Marvel’s The Avengers $623,357,910
2. The Dark Knight Rises $448,106,311
3. The Hunger Games $408,010,692
4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 $268,735,000
5. The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663
6. Skyfall $261,620,000
7. Brave $237,093,265
8. Ted $218,665,740
9. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted $216,391,482
10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $214,030,500
Data: Box Office Mojo through 12/09/2012