The 25 highest grossing films of 2012

This is just a prediction, on the biggest films Box Office wise. Also the figures presented are just the ceiling of what the film might make, not an actual guess.
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1.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ 650m
The sequel of the 3rd highest grossing film in Domestic gross history, it should have plenty of legs because of the effective cinema experience that Christopher Nolan produces. And a whopping opening weekend, expect about 180m in the first 5 days.
If its got good word of mouth, this film has the potential to kick Avatar off its perch at No. 1 of all time. The real deal ” - mishrust
 
2.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 500m
Another sequel, and it seems that there wont be many originals in the top 10, a little sad. But if there is any sequel to be excited about, its The Hobbit. Based on the book of the same name, The Hobbit has been split into two films, a clever financial prospect, and after The 3 Lord of the Rings films were Box Office smash hits and also well received so its hard to see this not climbing higher than any one of the trilogy. Oh, and Peter Jackson is on board, though Guillermo Del Toro was the director i feel much better about Jackson. ” - mishrust
 
3.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ 370m
After initially thinking this movie would be a little bit disappointing, its just not possible that this will not generate a huge amount of mula. Combining Iron Man, with Captain America, with Thor and The Incredible Hulk its going to be a must see for any of the audience that watched the original films for the heroes. Joss Whedon who is a big fanboy himself has been entrusted with making this succeed. It should outdo Iron Man but there is a bit of competition around so The Avengers will need a good reviews. ” - mishrust
 
4.
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ 320m
Wow, is it almost refreshing to see a non-sequel from Pixer? Well sort of, Cars 2 was underwhelming and Toy Story 3 felt overdue though it was a big hit at the BO. Brave, which breaks the stride of sequels from Pixar, as Monsters University is out next year, feels like the creative team is back, as its the first time there is a female lead and then you've got a scottish background which just begs for a beautiful and colorful background reminiscent of Up. I think Brave will have great legs and is a certain for the best animated feature of the year. ” - mishrust
 
5.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ 300m
Spiderman, like Batman will get a reboot, Batman was incredibly successful at the BO when he was re-invented, so its hard to see why this cant do the same. I think it will get much love from all the Spiderman fans, and the new darker tone will probably be liked by non fans too. Risky? No, if there was ever a Spiderman 4, it would have fallen into the same heap that Pirates of the Carribean 4 and Shrek 4ever after, though they made money, they killed alot of the former audience. Spidey here, looks the goods. ” - mishrust
 
6.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. (115 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ 265m
Comparing to the other Twilight films, they all hit around this mark, but its hard to see Breaking Dawn part 2 getting any more. No legs and massive opening, but an in-built audience means that this is pretty much a sure thing for the top 10. ” - mishrust
 
7.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ 260m
The last Bond film was a little disappointing, thats a normal thing for sequels. But as James Bond has appeared in over 20 films, he always has a comeback film up his sleeve. Im sure most people know the name Daniel Craig by now, and im betting that this will be the biggest 007 film ever. ” - mishrust
 
8.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. (93 mins.)
“ 240m
Beating out Ice Age 4 for the top animated sequel crown, is Madagascar 3. Kids will go gaga for this, its also nicely placed in the middle of the summer holidays in the US. The final result depends on the first 10 days, if people like it, it should power ahead. ” - mishrust
 
9.
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. (88 mins.)
“ 215m
Animated franchises like this dont just fall flat, with the whole cast returning and attractive new premise, 200m is definitely in the picture ” - mishrust
 
10.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
“ 240m
Men in Black finally returns this year, it has been a while coming now, and many will say that this is an unnecessary sequel. But the fact is that the first 2 films was supreme hits worldwide and Will Smith is arguably the biggest draw card in Hollywood today. A film which will be seen by whole familes as its probably going to be PG rated, theres little to see that doesnt look good. If the marketing is pushed then it will land in the top 10 ” - mishrust
 
11.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ 210m
Quentin Tarantino has gathered a superb cast and he's also got a locked in date at the end of the year. Remember True Grit? This will have QT's prints all over this and people will be wanting more after Inglorious Basterds was such a success. Personally i cant wait to see this so maybe im giving a bit too much, but with a great cast and limited competition not to mention oscar potential this should easily eclispe 200m. ” - mishrust
 
12.
The Lorax (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. (86 mins.)
“ 200m
As there arent many animated films around in March, The Lorax should take up lots of the childrens demands. Horton Hears a Who was a success landing in the top 10 of 2009, so why cant this? I say there are 12 other films that have more chances than this at the BO, but The Lorax has big potential so we'll have to wait and see ” - mishrust
 
13.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ 225m
A new franchise? Well its hard to see exactly how big this will be, but with a sequel already in the works for 2013, so its a lock for the top 25 but im expecting a decent hold over the second and third weekends. The Hunger Games will pull up nicely in the BO, ready to take on all the old Harry Potter fans left in the lurch. ” - mishrust
 
14.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. (110 mins.)
Director: Jon M. Chu
“ 175m ” - mishrust
 
15.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
“ 170m ” - mishrust
 
16.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
17.
Rock of Ages (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. (123 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ 120m ” - mishrust
 
18.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (135 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ 160m ” - mishrust
 
19.
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ 155m ” - mishrust
 
20.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ 150m ” - mishrust
 
21.
World War Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ 190m ” - mishrust
 
22.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ 135m ” - mishrust
 
23.
John Carter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior. (132 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
 
24.
Taken 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. (92 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
 
25.
This Is 40 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart. (134 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
26.
Battleship (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. (131 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
27.
The Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. (102 mins.)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
“ 200m ” - mishrust
 
28.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)
 
29.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Shortly after a tornado rips through her Kansas home, Dorothy returns to Oz to save her friends from a villainous jester. (88 mins.)
“ 145m ” - mishrust
 
30.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
 
31.
Gangster Squad (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city. (113 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ 125m ” - mishrust
 
32.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
33.
American Reunion (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (113 mins.)
“ 210m ” - mishrust
 
34.
Hunter Killer (????)
An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Director: Donovan Marsh
“ 180m ” - mishrust
 
35.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
 
36.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
37.
The Campaign (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An incumbent congressman embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers. (85 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
38.
Mirror Mirror (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. (106 mins.)
 
39.
ParaNorman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
 
40.
The Dictator (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. (83 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
41.
Dark Shadows (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
42.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. (124 mins.)
 
43.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
 
44.
Total Recall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. (118 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
 
45.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island. (94 mins.)
Director: Brad Peyton
 
46.
This Means War (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. (103 mins.)
Director: McG
 
47.
Ted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori. (106 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
 
48.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. (96 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
 
49.
Good Deeds (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. (110 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
50.
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (109 mins.)
 
51.
The Cold Light of Day (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. (93 mins.)
 
52.
Paradise Lost (????)
The war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer.
 
53.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
 
54.
Lawless (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
55.
Chronicle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
 
56.
The Vow (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Sucsy
 
57.
Lockout (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. (95 mins.)
 
58.
Safe (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail. (94 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
 
59.
That's My Boy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding. (116 mins.)
Director: Sean Anders
 
60.
Magic Mike (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. (110 mins.)
 
61.
Wanderlust (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. (98 mins.)
Director: David Wain
 
62.
Act of Valor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. (110 mins.)
 
63.
Step Up Revolution (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans. (99 mins.)
Director: Scott Speer
 
64.
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life. (111 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
65.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
School's out. Summer vacation is on. However, Greg may not have the best summer vacation ever. What could go wrong? (94 mins.)
Director: David Bowers
 
66.
The Raven (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. (110 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
67.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges