Things are pretty slow with baseball cards lately so I thought I'd do another movie post. Everyone likes to do their best and worst lists for the year and I thought of doing that but decided to take a different approach. I'm going to list the top 20 grossing movies of the year and link to my reviews of them if I saw them. Then I'll list the other movies we saw this year in rank of their box office gross. We saw 18 movies in the theater in 2012. Two of them, War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy came out in 2011.
Sound like fun? I hope so.
1. Marvel's The Avengers. Ran from 5/4 to 10/4. $623,357,910. Recommended
2. The Dark Knight Rises. Ran from 7/20 to 12/13. $448,139,099. Recommended
3. The Hunger Games. Ran from 3/23-9/26. $408,010,692. Recommended
4. Skyfall. Ran from 11/9-present $289,600,000. Recommended
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2. 11/16-Present. $286,433,000. I had not the slightest interest in this so you're on your own.
6. The Amazing Spider-man. 7/2-10/14. $262,030,663. Liked it but it was a pointless reboot.
7. The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey. 12/14-Present. $238,108,000. Recommended. Hard to believe it's the 7th highest grossing movie of the year and it's only been out for 2 weeks.
8. Brave. 6/22-Present $237,259,580. I didn't see this but my wife and daughter loved it.
9. Ted. 6/29-10/25. $218,665,740. A man and his talking teddy bear. The trailers looked awful.
10. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. 6/18-10/18. $216,391,482. After seeing the trailers for this all I can say is I'm glad I don't have little kids anymore that I have to take to the movies.
11. Dr. Suess: The Lorax. 3/12-7/26. $214,030,500. See my comments on #10.
12. MIB 3. 5/25-9/9. $179,020,854. It was fun but kind of tired. I didn't post a review
13. Wreck-It Ralph. 11/2-Present. $175,505,332. Didn't see it, don't know anything about it.
14. Ice Age: Continental Drift. 7/13-Present. $161,130,056. Ditto #10
15. Snow White and the Huntsman. 6/1-9/6. $155,136,755. Wanted to see it but didn't. My daughter loved it.
16. Hotel Transylvania. 9/26-Present. $143,923,820. I don't even remember the trailers for this.
17. Taken 2. 10/5-Present. $138,897,494. Couldn't believe they made a sequel to Taken. No interest.
18. 21 Jump Street. 3/16-7/1. $138,447,667. Never watched the TV show. Trailers didn't look that interesting.
19. Lincoln. 11/19-Present. $131,867,159. May still see this.
20. Prometheus. 6/8-9/20. $126,477,084. Pretty good, doesn't hold a candle to the original Alien.
24. The Bourne Legacy. 8/10-11/8. $113,203,870. A well-made, completely pointless movie
35. John Carter. 3-9/6/28. $73,078,100. Pretty good, unless you expect a movie to make any sense.
40. Looper. 9/28-Present. $66,362,517. The basic premise of the movie makes no sense, but we liked it anyway.
42. Battleship. 5/18-8/2. $65,233,400. The worst movie we saw all year.
50. Total Recall. 8/3-10/7. $58,877,969. Another movie that was enjoyable as long as you ignored the rather large problem with the plot.
69. Moonrise Kingdom. 5/25-11/1. $45,512,466. Possibly the best movie of 2012 we saw all year.
70. Jack Reacher. 12/21-Present. $44,661,000. Pretty good. It's apparently getting eaten alive by The Hobbit.
98. Cloud Atlas. 10/26-Present. $26,682,072. Maybe the 2nd best movie of 2012 we saw.
108. Man on a Ledge. 1/27-3/1. $18,620,000. We enjoyed it but it was far from a great movie. I didn't realize it had done so poorly. I guess we won't be seeing Man on a Ledge: Over the Edge anytime too soon.
And finally, there are 655 movies on this list. The last is:
655. The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. 10/26-Present. $86. Yep, the movie's been open for 2 months and it's made $86.