2012 was without doubt one of the best years for film in recent memory, and it showed at the box office. Other than a couple of poor weeks in October, the year has seen consistently strong box office numbers all year, and now 2012 has become the most profitable year ever at the box office domestically.
The total climbed to $10.6 billion with four days to go in the year, just passing the old record of $10.59 billion set back in 2009, a year helped by the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar. Superhero films were a big factor in reaching the mark, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises earned more than a tenth of the year’s total gross, at well over a billion between the pair. Other strong performers included; The Hunger Games, Skyfall and Breaking Dawn: Part 2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was also important in breaking the record having already made $190 million, and it’s still going strong.
There were, as always, a couple of disappointments; John Carter famously only made a quarter of its massive budget back, and The Amazing Spider-man, while managing to make over $260 million, didn’t come close to any film in Sam Rami’s trilogy. Overall though, 2012 though was a massively successful year, filled with movies that won over critics and audiences alike.