The top contributor was The Avengers with $623.4 million, followed by The Dark Knight Rises with $448.1 million. The next two were a bit more surprising: The Hunger Games wound up being a box office sensation with $408 million, while Skyfall's $285 million and counting is over $115 million higher than any previous Bond movie. Rounding out the Top Five was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which kept pace with its predecessors ($283.7 million and counting).
The Amazing Spider-Man performed solidly with $262 million, though that was noticeably off from the three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Brave was the highest-grossing animated movie of 2012 with $237.2 million, while Ted was by-far the top comedy with an incredible $218.7 million. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted surprisingly outgrossed its predecessors with $216.4 million, while Dr. Seuss' The Lorax was also a major animated hit with $214 million.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 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.
A full analysis of 2012 box office should be on its way late next week.
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• 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
• 2012 Grosses (2012-only releases)
• Year-to-Date Comparison