Box Office Records Shatter As 2012 Posts Best Year of All Time
Before we officially turn the corner and plunge into 2013 with a fresh set of new releases this weekend, we wanted to take a look back at 2012 – a year that actually managed to improve on box office statistics and set all-time records.
According to figures tabulated by BoxOfficeMojo, movie theaters sold an estimated $10.84 billion in tickets over the course of the year … making it the highest-grossing cumulative year since 2009, which reached $10.595 billion thanks to the massive success of movies like Avatar and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
This year improved on last year’s totals, as 2011 was able to account for $10.1 billion in tickets sold.
EW.com reports that “3D and IMAX surcharges, which have now become a common part of the moviegoing experience, no doubt helped the box office reach such heights, though this year’s average ticket price (it stood at $7.94 through Q3, per the MPAA) just barely increased over 2011′s ($7.93).”
When all was said and done, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers held on to the top slot at the box office, earning an estimated $623 million domestically. Three films crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office – Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall. And animation performed very well at he box office, with Brave and Madagascar 3 managing to crack the Top 10 for the year.
In times of crisis, moviegoers often seek solace at the movie theaters. So with the country teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, it appears that the movies remain a place to escape the troubles of daily life.
Will you continue to attend the movies in 2013? And which movie are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts below.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.