With the opening of “The Hobbit” this weekend, 2012 may end up being the biggest box office year ever. It's been a good fourth quarter as both “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and “Skyfall” have done very well. And earlier in the year, “The Hunger Games” and “The Avengers” raked in tons of cash.
But while it's been a profitable year, it hasn't been the best year for creativity. Out of the ten most successful movies of 2012, only “Brave” and “Ted” weren't based on pre-existing characters from books or other movies.
Part 2012's strength is due to the unexpected success of what could have been some smaller movies. “Argo,” “Flight,” and “Lincoln” are all recent successes that weren't necessarily guaranteed. Judd Apatow's “This is 40” also opens before the end of the year, and expectations are high for that one as well.
Of course, 2012 also featured some fantastic flops like Katherine Heigl's “One for the Money.” This movie was more like "None for No Money." Disney's “John Carter” was a high profile flop and 2012 was not Taylor Kitch's year with “Battleship” proving to be a costly disappointment as well.
Then there was “Ooglieloves,” which was widely released in 2012 and no one knew it existed. It's an interactive kids movie that opened over Labor Day weekend and made less than half a million dollars on over 2000 screens.
So, while 2012 has been a year with more options than ever to watch movies at home, it's looking like it's the year in which the most money will be spent in theaters.