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2012 BOX OFFICE KICKS OFF YEAR IN FINE STYLE

January 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2012 box office got off to a nice start over the holiday weekend, but then so did the 2011 box office — and things went mostly downhill after that. In fact, the first weekend of this year saw the top 12 films grossing a combined $139.6 million — not bad — but that was down more than 6 percent from the same weekend last year when the top 12 earned $148.6 million. Nevertheless, the weekend halted a dizzying December slide that touched off a bear market in shares of many media conglomerates owning major studios as well shares of many theater chains. Final figures indicated that domestic revenue for the year was down 3.36 percent, while attendance was down 4.21 percent.


The top ten films over the 3-day/4-day weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Paramount, $29,421,879/$38,202,439, 3 Wks. ($141,186,646); 2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros., $20,881,420/$26,887,893, 3 Wks. ($136,910,219); 3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Fox, $16,369,799/$21,488,779, 3 Wks. ($97,848,114); 4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Sony/Columbia, $14,824,577/$19,190,649, 2 Wks. ($59,950,953); 5. War Horse, Disney, $14,422,729/$18,060,743, 2 Wks. ($44,089,786); 6. We Bought a Zoo, Fox, $13,238,241/$17,003,682, 2 Wks. ($44,490,999); 7. The Adventures of Tintin, Paramount, $11,436,160/$15,361,463, 2 Wks. ($51,400,450); 8. New Year’s Eve, Warner Bros., $6,334,300/$7,592,773, 4 Wks. ($47,257,823); 9. The Darkest Hour, Summit, $4,163,241/$5,240,912, 2 Wks. ($14,215,634); 10. The Descendants, Fox Searchlight, $3,396,129/$4,291,019, 7 Wks. ($40,315,665).