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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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  • Mrs. Julien

    Can it be automatically assumed that anyone starring in a major motion picture has gross points? Is that industry standard? How rich is the Kitsch is what I'm asking. (I'm not asking, I don't care, I just realised that it rhymed. I do really want to know about the gross points thing, though.)

  • BillB

    No very few do. RDJ was the only one who got a cut for Avengers. So I assume Kitsch got shit

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Archie Leach

    Does this mean that Taylor Kitsch is off the hook from being box office poison?

  • Erich

    John Carter was the most disappointing movie of the year for me, but not for the expected reasons.
    It was a surprisingly good amalgam of the first couple Barsoom books. It could have been the leaping off point for a series.
    Instead, the advertising was atrocious at best, did NOTHING to explain the concept, 100% failed to mention that it was based on the classic sci-fi series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and didn't even mention Mars!

    It was a damn enjoyable movie that was completely and totally failed by the studio.

  • SittingPat

    Agreed, Erich. There was a lot more going on behind the scenes re: bad juju surrounding this film. I finally got around to seeing it and was very surprised at how entertaining it is after everything I'd read.

  • Bernie

    it did such a surprisingly good job with the female characters it made the "what theses green folks need in here is a whitey" even more galling.

  • Mrcreosote

    It was a crappy cowboy movie with green in'juns. It was absolutely horrible and deserved if anything more scorn than it got. It was less interesting and more scattered than Jonah Hex for the love of Pete. ENOUGH WITH THE NOBLE MISUNDERSTOOD CONFEDERATES!!

  • MrMinion

    The movie did not use the main character to appeal to history revisionists. Him being a cavalry rider for the South was a) true to the source material and b) helped to show him as a loser, as someone who was disillusionized and needed something to believe in again.

  • Carlito

    Does the industry track number of theaters internationally? I know it's a big thing to track domestically and comparing the size of the releases would be interesting.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    They probably do, which dictates the international press tour.

  • Carlito

    I should've been more clear. Does the industry publish that information or do we have it available anywhere? I do realize that they do track it.

  • deadnotsleeping

    Can we all take a moment to appreciate the fact that Joss Whedon is responsible for the third-highest grossing movie of all time?

  • lowercase_ryan

    James Cameron read this, then read #18, then literally died laughing at you.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • lowercase_ryan

    Avatar was the bomb yo.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    If by bomb you mean an overblown even more simplistic POS revision of Dances with wolves in space then you would be correct. If you mean an actually entertaining film, than bomb doesn't mean what you think it does.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I am well aware of what Bomb means, and I stand by it. Avatar 3D was the bomb. Was the movie great? of course not. Original? Nope. Entertaining as all hell and did it really feel to me like escaping to a different world? Fuck yes. And I wasn't even stoned.

    So if you saw it and didn't get the same out of it, my condolences. Because it was one of the most fun experiences I've had in a theater. This would not have been the case had I not seen it in 3D.

  • sean

    No, no. It was Ferngully.

  • Batty's logic is erratic.
    Man, did I ever love that movie.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Was anyone actually surprised TDKR grossed far more internationally, post-Aurora? Even with the press tour grinding into a complete halt after London.

  • SilverDeb

    I've actually seen 10 of these movies. Five of them I thought were good. I even saw three in the theater. I even own two of them. Weird. I haven't been this up to date on "new" movies for years.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And now I'm angry again about how awful Skyfall was. Time to reset the repression sequence.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Agreed. Voice of reason.

  • AxlProse

    It wasn't awful - it's widely regarded as a beautifully shot, tense, exciting action film with good-to-great performances. It's near to objectively, technically 'good' as a piece of entertainment can get.

    So where on the doll did Sam Mendes touch you?

  • Mrs. Julien

    What about SPECTRE? What about the story arc they had set up the past two films? Why didn't Bardem's character have some connection, however tenuous and in passing reference, to what had gone before? What about the farcical island? What about the fact that it is apparently possible to have the most secure transit system in the world randomly wired with explosives exactly where you need them? I've been at a tube station and heard them yell at someone over the PA for smoking and then specify, "Yes, you in the red coat. No smoking". The Westminster tube station is a freakin' bunker. How is it possible to escape MI6's new temporary headquarters and come right out where your henchman are waiting for you? What about an entire movie devoted to Bond's mummy issues? What was that bullshit filler with the beach and the scorpion drinking game? Gorgeously shot, great actors, ridiculous script. Roger Moore level quippiness. They got lost in their homage. So much could have been fixed with some minor script tweaks. It makes me insane when that happens.
    It was a beautiful soap bubble: I know that's Bond's schtick, but they'd been building something and they peed all over it. Mr. J and I were RANTING on the way home and the whole next day. It was, even for a Bond movie, ridiculous, and a wasted opportunity.
    I await my muffin basket of apology, and/or your downvotes, and/or the support of all of you who know I'm right.
    Subject: [jiba] Re: The 25 Highest Grossing Films of 2012 Wordwide

  • AxlProse

    SPECTRE? Or did you mean QUANTUM, that thing that was made up in the previous film that really held no interest for anyone?

    Bardem's character was connected to both M and Bond, but not the previous films. Wait.. are you arguing for serialised Bond? An overarching link is all I want, and many people don't want even that.

    I loved the island, and the method with which it was acquired. Cool, creepy stuff.

    You seem to be nitpicking a movie that you didn't like on some personal level. I'm not disagreeing that you didn't like the film, I'm saying that it was not awful. On that, I know you're wrong.

  • Mrs. Julien

    you didn't like on some personal level

    I tried to dislike it on a professional level, but I couldn't find anyone to remunerate me.

  • Mrcreosote

    I agree. Skyfall made me sad. So little vision for a Bond film, and a really unpleasant message. Where the hell was the overarching villianous plan? Come on, throw in a bone at least, poisoning the world's caramel supply or stealing all the Guiness on the planet.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I thought it was fantastic. The only thing bugging me was that they established that Bond is 007's real name as opposed to a cover. That will pretty much destroy the whole franchise for me once Craig finishes his run.

  • Audrey

    tmoney, The Intouchables wasn't a really racist movie; only a few journalists (especially one writing for Variety) thought it was.

  • tmoney

    Wow, I had to look up The Intouchables. I don't think it ever came to my town. Wasn't that the really racist movie?

  • Blake

    Of the movies on this list I only watched 2 in the theaters and 3 total.

    The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall &The Avengers.

    Piracy is wha.......?

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