The final weekend of 2012 saw little change in box office rankings but some impressive numbers were still pulled.
In order, the top 5 grossing films were as follows (with trailers in case you’re still debating what you wanna see):
#1 The Hobbit
Despite an 11% dip in attendance and some jackass at CNN naming it “The Worst Film of 2012”, The Hobbit still managed to earn $32.9 million this final weekend and has earned an impressive $686 million worldwide with $186 million from overseas box office sales since its December 14th opening. With the film running on 16,600 screens in 62 territories, Bilbo and Co. still hold the no. 1 film in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K. and they show no signs of slowing down on either side of the ocean. What I DON’T get is the film saw no love from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) OR Screen Actors Guild Awards, garnering a staggering and inexplicable ZERO nominations. As The Hobbit joins two of the year’s other top box office draws (The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers) in the “I Got Snubbed By The Golden Globes And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” while BARELY seen films like Lincoln get a staggering SEVEN nominations, I gotta cry foul. BIG TIME.
#2 Django Unchained
Despite their best efforts ( and attention-seeking condemnation from no-longer relevant director Spike Lee), Django Unchained managed to beat out Les Miserables but couldn’t overrun the hairy-toed hero and his cohorts, so they had to settle for second place with a take of $30.7 million with a gross of $64 million overall; not bad for a film that opened on a Tuesday (and a major holiday at that). Django’s storyline has been a bit of contention with critics and filmmakers alike (Training Day director Antoine Fuqua recently came to Tarantino’s defense after Spike Lee publicly condemned the film) but it hasn’t stopped them from earning 5 GG nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz going head to head for Best Supporting Actor) and audiences are still heading to the theatre to see what all the fuss is all about – myself included.
#3 Les Miserables
Also opening on Christmas Day, Les Mis started out ahead of Django but quickly lost steam heading into the weekend, earning $28 million for the weekend and $67.5 overall. With an overall “A” rating and their audience being around 70% women, Les Mis has earned four GG noms and the Oscar buzz is STRONG for Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. While I am not a fan of this particular musical, I am appreciative to see audiences embrace the musical film genre.
#4 Parental Guidance
If you told me that a family comedy starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler would not only open Christmas Day against the aforementioned holiday blockbusters Django and Les Mis but also manage to stay in the top 5 heading into the end of 2012, I’d have told you to up your meds. But to my surprise, Parental Guidance raked in another $14.8 million for a total of $29.6 million overall and I gotta say that once again it’s nice to know that there’s still a place for non-animated family fare.
#5 Jack Reacher
A film I don’t really care to see, the Tom Cruise-fueled action pic Jack Reacher managed to bring in another $14 million with a total of $57.6 million overall. If the film had opened on Christmas Day as well, I’d give it some leeway but as it opened on December 21st, these numbers are pretty dismal. Hearing these numbers and reading the lukewarm reception to this book-to-film adaptation makes me a little sad knowing Christopher McQuarrie (who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1996 for The Usual Suspects) served as director on what some are calling a “misstep” in his career. But I guess we all have one of those in our lives, right? I don’t see this film staying in the top 5 beyond this week.
So there you have it! It was a good year for films, it was a “meh” year for films but in the end, I’m glad I have so many to choose from!
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