Domestic Box Office Sets New Yearly Record in 2012
by Ray Subers
December 28, 2012
On Thursday, December 27, yearly domestic box office passed $10.6 billion, making it the highest-grossing year ever ahead of 2009 ($10.59 billion). With four more days left in 2012, it's likely that the box office ultimately ends the year with around $10.8 billion.
The top contributor was with $623.4 million, followed by The Avengers with $448.1 million. The next two were a bit more surprising: The Dark Knight Rises wound up being a box office sensation with $408 million, while The Hunger Games 's $285 million and counting is over $115 million higher than any previous Bond movie. Rounding out the Top Five was Skyfall , which kept pace with its predecessors ($283.7 million and counting). The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 performed solidly with $262 million, though that was noticeably off from the three The Amazing Spider-Man Sam Raimi movies. Spider-Man was the highest-grossing animated movie of 2012 with $237.2 million, while Brave was by-far the top comedy with an incredible $218.7 million. Ted surprisingly outgrossed its predecessors with $216.4 million, while Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was also a major animated hit with $214 million. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax delivered a big assist in the final stretch of the year with $189.8 million through its first 14 days: it's just outside the Top 10 for now, though it should crack that list by the end of the weekend. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey A full analysis of 2012 box office should be on its way late next week. Discuss this story with fellow Box Office Mojo fans on Facebook . On Twitter, follow us at @boxofficemojo , and follow author Ray Subers at @raysubers . Related Stories • Blockbuster Franchises Help November 2012 Destroy Record • October Starts Strong, Ends on Down Note • 'Hotel Transylvania' Tops Solid September • Awful August Ends Summer 2012 • Five $50 Million Debuts Propel June Business • 'Avengers' Accounts for Over Half of May 2012 Grosses • 'Hunger Games' Tops Average April • March 2012 Easily Sets Record • 'The Vow,' 'Safe House' Lead Record-Breaking February • January 2012 Improves on Atrocious Start to 2011 • 2012 Preview• Franchises to Rule Again in 2012 • Sequels, 3D Can't Save 2011 Related Charts • 2012 Grosses (2012-only releases) • Year-to-Date Comparison