19 August 2012 6:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The record-shattering run of "The Avengers" and the tragedy surrounding "Dark Knight Rises" gave the summer an epic feel, but the numbers show that the box office will finish flat, or a little down from last season's $4.4 billion haul. All summer long, it was one big step forward, two back. While blockbusters "Men in Black 3" and "Amazing Spider-Man" sizzled, "Battleship" and "Total Recall" fizzled. When surprising hits like "Ted" and "Magic Mike" provided fireworks, there were too many equally eyebrow-raising duds, like "Dark Shadows," "Rock of Ages" and "That's »

- Todd Cunningham

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