26 December 2012 2:04 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This has been a big year for blockbuster films - a year that we've been waiting for a long time. Joss Whedon delivered his version of The Avengers; Christopher Nolan completed his Dark Knight Trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises; Gary Ross kicked off the start of The Hunger Games franchise; Bill Condon ended Twilight; Peter Jackson went back to Middle-earth for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Ridley Scott returned to the universe of Alien with Prometheus; and Sam Mendes made one of the best James Bond movies ever with Skyfall. Movie-goers were excited to go to the movies in 2012 and they showed their approval with their wallets. And now that the results are in it appears it paid off. USA Today is reporting with five days left in the year that 2012 is the highest grossing year on record in Hollywood history and is the first time since 2009 that ticket »

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