When 2012 proved to be a watershed year for the domestic box office, it became clear that audiences were enjoying major hits like the original Avengers film, The Dark Knight Rises, and Skyfall. Now, though, compared to the same period three years ago, 2015 has eclipsed that milestone year at the movies for North America.
According to a new study at Rentrak (via The Hollywood Reporter), the summer 2012 figure of $5.103 billion has been handily surpassed by 2015’s domestic box office figures, which currently stand at an astonishing $5.303 billion so far. This is well before one of the year’s most highly anticipated films — Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — has even had a chance to contribute to the overall figure. Bolstered early on by the surprising performance of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, the year has been on a very steady box office track which continued in April with Universal’s Furious 7. Less than a month later, Disney released Avengers: Age of Ultron, the follow-up to 2012’s box office champion, to solid reviews and very high box office receipts.
It was bolstered yet again by the phenomenal performance of Universal’s Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, which has continued to perform well above expectations, and with an initial weekend figure continually revised upward to account for the demand in ticket sales. Other solid box office successes — like Disney’s Cinderella, and Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2 — have also kept general interest in heading to the movies unusually high so far this year.
It’s anyone’s guess at just how much the year will gross when it’s all said and done, especially with the return of the galaxy far, far away waiting for all of us right at the very end of 2015. For more on box office news, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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