2012 was a pretty impressive year for the film industry. Popular book adaptations like The Hunger Games and The Hobbit finally made it to the silver screen, along with the newest adventure from James Bond. Marvel’s superhero fueled film The Avengers made it’s record breaking debut and The Dark Knight Rises ended Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The middle of November also saw the end of the vampire and werewolf craze that is the Twilight saga. The top five films to rule the box office in the United States, according to Box Office Mojo, are listed below.
Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4)
With Thor, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Captain America/Steve Rogers, and The Hulk/Bruce Banner, The Avengers dominated the domestic box office with over $600 million. The action packed adventure already has a sequel in the works.
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
One of the most highly anticipated films of the summer, The epic finale of the Batman trilogy saw Batman come to the aid of a Gotham which saw him as an enemy, in order to defeat the villainous Bane. This thrill ride placed second in the box office overall with $448 million so far.
The Hunger Games (March 23)
Based on the books by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games finally arrived in theaters last spring and placed third on the list with $408 million. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the film follows a group of kids who must fight to the death as a reminder that their government in still in control.
Skyfall (November 9)
James Bond returned to theaters this year with one of the most thrilling stories yet! Fifty years after the first Bond filmed aired, Skyfall brought in $289 million to place fourth on the list. Daniel Craig returned as the super spy in a story which affects his relationship with M and his future as an agent.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (November 16)
The Twilight saga is officially over. Having placed fifth on this list and raking in $286 million at the box office, the vampire love story is now complete. Based on the book series by Stephenie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner star in the conclusion of the franchise. Featuring an epic battle between vampires after the lovable Renesmee, the film was packed with both romance and action.
Several films came close to breaking the top five for the box office this year, including Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which only opened in mid December. Other close films included Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Pixar’s animated adventure Brave, Seth McFarlane’s directorial debut film Ted, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.