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Top 10 Grossing Movies of 2012

Updated on August 20, 2013

Most Popular Movies of 2012

Looking for the top grossing movies of 2012 or the most popular movies of 2012 then keep reading.

2012 was a bumper year for movies with three movies passing the billion dollar mark at the box office. Quite an achievement when there were only 11 films before 2012 to have achieved such success.

Movie fans should recognize all of the movies on the list, but will be surprised at some of the films that failed to make it onto the list of the top 10 grossing movies of 2012. This is because 2012 was the first year to ever have all of the best movies of the year make over $600 million in worldwide sales. This means that Brave and Ted were pushed off the bottom of the list, even though they both made over $500 million each!

I can't wait to see what happens with the box office figures in 2013 and if my predictions for the highest grossing movies of 2013 article proves accurate.

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Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of 2012

Men in Black 3 - 10th Place on The List of Top 10 Grossing Movies of 2012

Men in Black 3 [Blu-ray]
Men in Black 3 [Blu-ray]

With worldwide sales of over $620 million, Men in Black is in tenth place on the list of top 10 grossing movies of 2012.

It's not really surprising since it is the third movie in the franchise and continues to pull in fans.

 

The Hunger Games - 9th Place on The List of Highest Grossing Movies of 2012

The Hunger Games (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] [2012]
The Hunger Games (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] [2012]

Grossing over $680 million at the box office should come as no surprise. The second installment of this movie is due out in 2013 and is likely to be on the highest grossing movies of 2013 list.

Everywhere we turned in 2012 there was Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games books and merchandise. Every kid wanted to be an archer and dress up like the Mockingjay.

 

The Hunger Games Trailer

Madagasgar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - 8th Place on the List of Most Popular movies 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

When these escaped zoo animals returned to the big screen audiences flocked to see what antics they would perform this time. And they performed in the circus! Why did Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman join the circus? To get home of course and to get away form the animal control officer.

The third movie in the Madagasgar franchise is really funny and and great for adults as well as children. With over $740 million earned at the box office, it's clear these zoo animals are still popular.

 

Madagasgar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Trailer

The Amazing Spider-Man - Number 7 on The List of Highest Grossing Movies 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Fans loved this new reboot of Spiderman and who could blame them!

Making over $750 million at the box office secured it's spot at number 7 on the list of top grossing movies of 2012

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - 6th Most Popular Movie of 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

Fans of the Twilight saga books and movies went to see the conclusion of the series earning Breaking Dawn Part 2 over $820 million at the box-office.

Now movie goers are eagerly awaiting the release of the movie on DVD and to get the complete box set.

 

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Ice Age: Continental Drift - 5th Best Movie of 2012 at the Box Office

Ice Age: Continental Drift (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

The laughs continued with Snatch the squirrel causing the continents to separate in his pursuit of his acorn.

Manny, Sid and Diego get separated from Ellie and find themselves drift at sea. They have to deal with pirates and other angry animals, while Diego finally finds love. Fans clearly can't get enough of the wooly mammoth, the sabertooth tiger and the sloth as Ice Age: Continental Drift made over $875 million at the box office putting it in 5th position of the highest grossing movies of 2012.

 

Ice Age 4 Continental Drift Trailer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 4th Highest Grossing Movie of 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit was the must see movie of 2012. Lord of The Ring fans have waited eagerly and patiently for years for this movie to be made. This was reflected in the box office with over $885 million being made in ticket sales.

Some critics are worried that there may not be enough material for 3 separate movies, but audiences will have to wait and see.

 

Skyfall - 3rd on the List of Top 10 Grossing Movies of 2012

Skyfall [Blu-ray]
Skyfall [Blu-ray]

Daniel Craig returned as Bond in Skyfall and this time he was helping M.

Will James Bond ever stop? Well considering this is the 23rd movie in the Bond franchise, it would appear not... it's appeal continues and Skyfall joined the elite list of movie to make over $1 billion. In fact it made $1,032,863,000 becoming the fourteen film to ever pass the billion dollar mark.

 

Skyfall Trailer

The Dark Knight Rises - The 2nd Most Popular Movie of 2012

The Dark Knight Rises [Blu-ray]
The Dark Knight Rises [Blu-ray]

Michael Kane, Christian Bale and Gary Oldman returned in the conclusion to the Batman Series - The Dark Knight Rises.

 

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

The Avengers - The Highest Grossing Movie of 2012

Marvel's The Avengers [Blu-ray]
Marvel's The Avengers [Blu-ray]

What happens when you put some of the worlds favorite superheroes in the same movie? You get a knock out hit and the highest grossing movie of 2012 with over $1.5 billion in sales!

Maybe Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow and Captain America should agree more often! There are lots more upcoming superhero movies in 2013 too.

 

The Avengers Trailer

Highest Grossing Movies of 2012

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Other Popular Movies of 2012

Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD)
Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD)

Made over $500 million at the box office in 2012 but failed to be in the top 10 highest grossing movies of 2012

 
Ted [Blu-ray]
Ted [Blu-ray]

Also made over $500 million at the box office

 
Looper [Blu-ray]
Looper [Blu-ray]

If you love Bruce Willis and time travel then you'll love Looper. Although, I still there's a hole in the logic of the film, but others say there isn't. Don't expect everyone to agree what happened in this movie and if there are paradoxies or not...

 
Snow White & the Huntsman [Blu-ray]
Snow White & the Huntsman [Blu-ray]

more modern twist on the Snow White tale.

Charlize Theron makes an amazing villian and Snow White teams up with the Huntsman to bring things back into balance.

 
Dark Shadows (Blu-ray)
Dark Shadows (Blu-ray)

What can we say... another quirky role from Johnny Depp that has moments that are really funny.

 

Other Popular Movies in 2012 That Failed To Make the Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of 2012 List

Prometheus (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)
Prometheus (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)

I loved Prometheus and can't wait for the next part of the story. However, almost anything related to the Aliens movies will always have me glued to the screen!

 
Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

This kind movie is great fun for adults too. There are lots of gags and it was actually a really good movie.

It was really good seeing a vampire movie from a different perspective.

 

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: Yeah it was, I hope 2013 if just as good or even better!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @Aunt-Mollie: I saw Ted at the cinema it was hilarious, although I think guys would find it even funnier...

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I haven't seen Ted yet . I'm glad you are offering it here.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Still have a couple of them to see but I thought 2012 was a great movie year.