Box Office Performance for Action Movies in 2012

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2012 GrossTickets Sold
1 The Dark Knight Rises 7/20/2012 Warner Bros. PG-13 $448,139,099 56,298,881
2 Skyfall 11/9/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $296,804,366 37,286,980
3 The Expendables 2 8/17/2012 Lionsgate R $85,028,192 10,681,933
4 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 12/16/2011 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $76,991,817 9,672,338
5 Act of Valor 2/24/2012 Relativity R $70,012,847 8,795,583
6 Contraband 1/13/2012 Universal R $66,528,000 8,357,788
7 Looper 9/28/2012 Sony Pictures R $66,486,205 8,352,538
8 Battleship 5/18/2012 Universal PG-13 $65,233,400 8,195,150
9 Underworld: Awakening 1/20/2012 Sony Pictures R $62,321,039 7,829,276
10 Total Recall 8/3/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $58,877,969 7,396,729
11 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 12/16/2011 Warner Bros. PG-13 $55,944,672 7,028,225
12 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2/17/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $51,774,002 6,504,271
13 Red Tails 1/20/2012 20th Century Fox PG-13 $49,876,377 6,265,876
14 Red Dawn 11/21/2012 Open Road PG-13 $43,877,043 5,512,191
15 Resident Evil: Retribution 9/14/2012 Sony Pictures R $42,345,531 5,319,790
16 Safe 4/27/2012 Lionsgate R $17,142,080 2,153,527
17 The Man with the Iron Fists 11/2/2012 Universal R $15,634,090 1,964,081
18 Dredd 9/21/2012 Lionsgate R $13,414,714 1,685,265
19 The Darkest Hour 12/25/2011 Summit Entertainment PG-13 $8,305,531 1,043,408
20 For Greater Glory 6/1/2012 ARC Entertainment R $5,669,081 712,196
21 Serbuan maut 3/23/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $4,105,123 515,718
22 Agneepath 1/6/2012 Eros Entertainment Not Rated $1,973,574 247,936
23 Real Steel 10/7/2011 Walt Disney PG-13 $970,068 121,867
24 Immortals 11/11/2011 Relativity R $847,018 106,409
25 Dodookdeul 10/12/2012 Well Go USA Not Rated $532,699 66,921
26 Don 2 12/22/2011 Reliance Big Pictures Not Rated $500,054 62,820
27 Seeking Justice 3/16/2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $411,746 51,726
28 Stolen 9/14/2012 Alchemy R $289,773 36,403
29 Drive 9/16/2011 FilmDistrict R $227,642 28,598
30 Thaandavam 9/28/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $213,476 26,818
31 Tai Chi Zero 10/19/2012 Variance Films PG-13 $212,094 26,644
32 Vettai 1/13/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $202,581 25,449
33 Long men fei jia 8/31/2012 Indomina Releasing R $170,276 21,391
34 Mugamoodi 8/31/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $101,911 12,802
35 Paan Singh Tomar 3/2/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $40,311 5,064
36 Hua Pi 2 8/17/2012 Well Go USA Not Rated $33,212 4,172
37 Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora É Outro 11/11/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $14,616 1,836
38 Wu Xia 11/30/2012 Weinstein Co. R $11,300 1,419
39 Total Recall 6/1/1990 Sony Pictures R $11,299 1,419
40 Forces spéciales 10/12/2012 Entertainment One R $10,759 1,351
41 BRO' 6/22/2012 R $9,329 1,171
42 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 11/30/2012 Magnet Pictures R $5,460 685
43 Tomorrow When the War Began 2/24/2012 Freestyle Releasing R $4,936 620
44 The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch 11/18/2011 Music Box Films Not Rated $2,333 293
Total Gross of All Movies$1,611,307,645
Total Tickets Sold202,425,558

Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2012. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2012. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2010 will most likely earn money in 2010 and 2011. Click on the individual movie to see its total gross over all the years in which it played.

Each box office year ends on the first Sunday of the following year. The next year starts the following day (Monday). For example, the "2004 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 2, 2005.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based ticket sale estimates, and may not be precise due to rounding errors.