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2012 Movie Hits and Misses

As 2012 comes to an end, let's look back at the year and see which are considered hits or misses in the blockbuster movie industry!

World Wide Gross Sales (2012) [Box Office Mojo]: 

1. Marvel's The Avengers ($1,511.8)
2. The Dark Knight Rises ($1,081.0)
3. Skyfall ($1,000.2)
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift ($875.1)
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 ($799.3)
6. The Amazing Spider-Man ($752.2)
7. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($742.1)
8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($686.7)
9. The Hunger Games ($686.5)
10. MIB 3 ($624.0)

-- I have to say, congratulations to the top 3 for getting over 1B in sales, and Skyfall ($1,000.2) for being the first James Bond movie to do so!


-- It's sort of surprising that there is such a big gap between Marvel's The Avengers ($1,511.8) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1,081.0), but I guess the latter could have earned more if Christopher Nolan allowed it to be shown in 3D. He said he doesn't know anyone who likes 3D, so in effect he exchanged a bit more income for overall viewer satisfaction, and I do respect him for that. 


-- Up until now I'm still baffled as to why Ice Age ($875.1) is doing so well, especially since I didn't like the first one. Well maybe now that it's on its 4th, might be worth checking it out again. 


-- As for the end of the Twilight saga ($799.3), no matter what haters say, I still say it was an awesome way to end the series and that it did the book justice. 


-- I'd definitely say that Andrew Garfield trumps Tobey Maguire just because I like Spider-Man ($752.2) to look cool rather than dramatic and pitiful.


-- The Hobbit ($686.7) actually did more than I would give it credit for. I guess it comes with the hoard of loyal fans to the Lord of the Rings. 


-- For Hunger Games ($686.5), I still say it would have left more impact if it was a little more violent like Battle Royale, alright a LOT more violent. But man did Battle Royale left an impact on my childhood, yes I was 12 then. 


-- MIB 3 ($624.0) was a little more touching than usual, with the same brand of humor and appearance of gross aliens we've come to love in the series.


Honorable Mentions by Blockbuster Diva:
Now there are some 2012 movies that didn't quite reach the top 10 highest worldwide gross sales, but I do believe still deserve praise just the same. 

21. Life of Pi ($303.8)

27. Wreck-It Ralph ($275.7)
28. Rise of the Guardians ($255.4)
38. Looper ($166.4)
59. ParaNorman ($99.2)
119. The Perks of Being a Wallflower ($28.5)

-- Go on a voyage of journey and discovery, and see creatures and places you've never seen before with Life of Pi ($303.8). 


-- Wreck-it Ralph ($275.7) is the best video game flick in recent time, and there are even talks of a sequel with Mario in it. 


-- Rise of the Guardians ($255.4) is there to make kids and kids at heart believe again. 


-- Looper ($166.4) will take your mind and concept of time for a spin. 


-- ParaNorman ($99.2) makes fantastic use of stop-motion animation to bring us the touching story of a kid who uses his unique ability to see ghosts to save his town.


-- The Perks of Being a Wallflower ($28.5) will show you what it's like to not fit in but have the time of your life anyway. ~Welcome to the island of misfit toys.~


Films that just didn't make the cut for Blockbuster Diva (2012):

11 Brave ($535.4)
17 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax ($348.8)
25 John Carter ($282.8)
26 The Bourne Legacy ($276.1)
35 The Vow ($196.1)
72 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($76.6)
86 Rock of Ages ($56.4)

-- Brave ($535.4) did well overall in gross sales because of the Pixar brand, but it lacked the heart and ingenuity of why we've come to love Pixar in the first place.

-- I was really looking forward to The Lorax ($348.8) since, let's face it, it's Dr. Seuss! Unfortunately, there's not much to the story or music or anything, which was a big let down for me.

-- You just know you're doing things wrong when you are named the lowest grossing Disney movie of all time, and John Carter ($282.8) did just that, losing as much as $165 million. 

-- The Bourne Legacy ($276.1) just did not live up to its predecessors. Awesome acting by Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, but the story did not justify why there was a need for this particular sequel. 

-- The Vow ($196.1) was just your typical long winding love story, with no strong climax or impact. A shame really since I'm really a fan of a lot of Rachel McAdams' films (i.e. The Notebook, The Time Traveler's Wife.)

-- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($76.6) is the kind of movie where you take nothing away from. Mediocre at best. I really hope the other sequels would pick up.

-- Then we have Rock of Ages ($56.4)-- Kick-ass music? Check! High-profile actors? Check! Story line? not so much. I really do miss  music themed movies with good stories. Though to its credit, they really picked the songs you would sing along and get really into. 

Now after looking at the long list of World Wide Grosses, I have come to realize that there have been a LOT a movies that I misses this 2012, so with that, I have decided that my new year's resolution for 2013 is to watch more movies.

So, Agree or disagree? Were there movies that you felt should have made the list? Did you make any lists yourself? Do share your comments below!