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Marvel Avengers Assemble is highest grossing film of 2012

Marvel Avengers Assemble

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL Avengers Assemble is officially the highest grossing film of 2012, as well as the third highest grossing of all time.

According to figures released by The Hollywood Reporter, the superhero ensemble, directed by Joss Whedon, grossed a whopping $1.51 billion world-wide. It is also the is the No. 3 film of all time behind Avatar ($2.8 billion) and Titanic ($2.2 billion), both from James Cameron.

Following in second place was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which took $1.08 billion to finish the Batman trilogy off in style.

In third, meanwhile, was James Bond adventure Skyfall, which has raked in $978 million (as of December 28), and is still on general release in all territories.

In the UK, Skyfall – which was released to mark the 50th anniversary of the 007 franchise – has become the top grossing film of all time, surpassing Avatar. It also achieved the feat in a much smaller amount of time.

In fourth place, Ice Age: Continental Drift took $875.0 million continued to underline the worth of the franchise with particularly strong performances in France and Latin America, while in fifth was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final film in the Twilight franchise, which took $778.2 million. Again, that film remains on general release, so figures are not final.

The remainder of the top 10 highest grossers of the year was comprised of The Amazing Spider-Man in sixth with $752.2 million, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted came seventh with $742 million and The Hunger Games came eighth with a nice $686.5 million, shattering a number of records in the proccess, including the third-highest debut of all time, the top opening outside of summer and the top opening for a non-sequel.

Will Smith’s decision to revive the Men in Black franchise paid off as Men in Black 3 grossed $624 million for ninth spot, while rounding out the top 10 was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which only opened weeks ago and has already earned $562.8 million (as of December 28).

The top 20 highest grossers of 2012 are…

1) Marvel Avengers Assemble
2) The Dark Knight Rises
3) Skyfall
4) Ice Age: Continental Drift
5) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
6) The Amazing Spider-Man
7) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
8) The Hunger Games
9) Men In Black 3
10) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
11) Brave
12) Ted
13) Untouchable
14) Prometheus
15) Snow White & The Huntsman
16) Taken 2
17) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
18) Titanic 3D
19) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
20) Hotel Transylvania

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