Those ubiquitous lists on television, in newspapers and online. Everyone seems to have one at this time of the year. And yes, I’m guilty as well.
You may have seen my list of personal favorites on screen during the past year. And, of course, my stinkers.
But you know what? These lists don’t mean a thing. Nothing really matters. It’s what moviegoers actually spent their hard earned money to see that REALLY counts. Because at the end of the day, box office results are really what it’s all about.
It’s the films you kept alive by word of mouth despite what the critics said.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 performing films at the north American box offices. The movies YOU CHOSE by ticket sales for 2012:
# 1—MARVEL’s THE AVENGERS—-$625.3 million
# 2—THE DARK KNIGHT RISES—$448.1 million
# 3—THE HUNGER GAMES—$408 million
# 4—James Bond’s SKYFALL—$289.1 million (and still counting)
# 5—TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2—$286.1 million
# 6—THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN—$262 million
# 7—Pixar’s BRAVE—$237.2 million
# 8—THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY—$222.7 million (and still counting)
# 9—TED—$ 218.6 million
# 10–MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED—$216.4 million
First Runner-Up: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX—$214.1
It’s interesting to note that three of the top 11 films were Super Hero epics while another three fell into the Family Animation category.
Sadly only one Comedy made the Top Earner list during the past year.