The 25 Highest Grossing Films of 2012 Wordwide

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The 25 Highest Grossing Films of 2012 Worldwide

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | January 2, 2013 | Comments ()


Domestically, it was a record year at the box-office, surpassing $10.6 billion in sales, besting the previous record year, 2009. But as most of us know, domestic box office doesn't tell nearly the whole story anymore, as International box-office typically makes up 60 percent or more of the grosses for most blockbusters. So, instead of tallying up the 25 biggest domestic hits, as we usually do on our first day back after the New Year, here are the 25 Biggest Box Office hits of 2012, Worldwide.

First, some fun facts: Internationally, the top ten all time movies added two new entries this year, The Avengers at number three, and The Dark Knight Rises at number seven. Although it didn't perform as well as The Dark Knight domestically, Rises bested it internationally by $200 million. Meanwhile, Skyfall became the highest gross Bond film to date (and the first to cross $1 billion worldwide).

Among the year's top 25 films internationally, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (61 percent) and The Hunger Games (59 percent) were the movies with the highest percentage of their box office from North America, while The Intouchables (97 percent) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (81 percent) were the two films with the most box-office proceeds from overseas.

The highest grossing original property was Brave, followed by Ted, which was also the highest grossing comedy of the year. Titanic 3D was the highest grossing film not originally released in 2012, and two films considered box-office failures in the United States (Battleship and John Carter) both broke the top 25, although even with international grosses, John Carter barely made back its production budget ($250 million).

1. The Avengers -- $1.5 billion

2. The Dark Knight Rises -- $1.081 billion

3. Skyfall -- $1 billion

4. Ice Age: Continental Drift -- $875 million

5. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II -- $799 million

6. The Amazing Spider-Man -- $752 million

7. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted -- $742 million

8. The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey -- $692 million

9. The Hunger Games -- $686 million

10. MIB 3 -- $624 million

11. Brave -- $535 million

12. Ted -- $501 million

13. The Intouchables -- $420 million

14. Prometheus -- $402 million

15. Snow White and the Huntsmen -- $396 million

16. Taken 2 -- $365 million

17. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax -- $348 million

18. Titanic 3D -- $343 million

19. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island -- $325 million

20. Hotel Transylvania -- $311 million

21. Life of Pi -- $304 milllion

22. Battleship -- $302 million

23. Wrath of Titans -- $302 million

24. Expendables 2 -- $300 million

25. John Carter -- $282 million

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