Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Numbers So Far: Top Domestic Movies of 2012

We're halfway through the 2012 movie season, and the top 10 domestic releases offer some interesting surprises, both of who's there and who isn't.  Click on the jump to learn more.
With the first half of the 2012 movie season in the books, it's time to see who's currently at the top.  The list might surprise you, both for who is there and (most importantly) who isn't.  Our thanks to the guys at BoxOfficeMojo for these numbers:

10. Think Like a Man ($90,439,678)
9. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($103,600,774)
8. Snow White and Huntsman ($106,585,985)
7. The Vow ($125,014,030)
6. Safe House ($126,181,630)
5. 21 Jump Street ($137,634,849)
4. MIB 3 ($141,127,949)
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax ($212,177,580)
2. The Hunger Games ($400,758,010)
1. The Avengers ($576,583,182)

While there's interesting trends to note all over this list, let's look at a few categories of particular interest:
Release that won't remain long on the List: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - A critical failure and only 83 minutes long, the film has done quite well domestically, already turning a profit ($24 million).  But with lots of summer blockbusters and a few fall releases, don't expect to see it remain in the Top 10 by the end of 2012.
Biggest Surprise on the List: 21 Jump Street - The film has gotten fair reviews, and audiences have responded, with profits more than doubling its budget of $42 million.  Based on the outcome of the releases below, 21 Jump Street could finish as one of the biggest surprises of 2012.
Biggest Surprise Not on the List: The Grey (#31 with $51,580,236) - A truly engrossing film, The Grey did not perform well, perhaps due to its dark premise and finish.  It's too bad audiences stayed away, as Liam Neeson was terrific, and director Joe Carnahan stood his ground regarding the controversial ending.  You can catch my review of the home release here.
Films That Could Enter This List: Even with the rescheduling of Star Trek, Man of Steel, and the maligned GI Joe Retaliation to 2013, there are still several films that could vie for the top 10 including The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, Total Recall, Skyfall, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Madagascar 3.

We'll be sure to keep an eye on things for you as the summer season progresses.  Until then, which films do you think have a chance to crack the top 10, and which will join John Carter and Battleship as 2012's biggest flops?