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Box Office Performance for Action Movies in 2012

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2012 GrossTickets Sold
1 The Avengers 5/4/2012 Walt Disney PG-13 $623,279,547 78,301,450
2 The Dark Knight Rises 7/20/2012 Warner Bros. PG-13 $448,139,099 56,298,881
3 Skyfall 11/9/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $296,804,366 37,286,980
4 The Expendables 2 8/17/2012 Lionsgate R $85,028,192 10,681,933
5 Act of Valor 2/24/2012 Relativity R $70,012,847 8,795,583
6 Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol 12/21/2011 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $68,211,257 8,569,253
7 Contraband 1/13/2012 Universal R $66,528,000 8,357,788
8 Looper 9/28/2012 Sony Pictures R $66,486,205 8,352,538
9 Battleship 5/18/2012 Universal PG-13 $65,233,400 8,195,150
10 Underworld: Awakening 1/20/2012 Sony Pictures R $62,321,039 7,829,276
11 Total Recall 8/3/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $58,877,969 7,396,729
12 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2/17/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $51,774,002 6,504,271
13 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 12/16/2011 Warner Bros. PG-13 $49,938,199 6,273,643
14 Red Tails 1/20/2012 20th Century Fox PG-13 $49,876,377 6,265,876
15 Red Dawn 11/21/2012 Open Road PG-13 $43,877,043 5,512,191
16 Resident Evil: Retribution 9/14/2012 Sony Pictures R $42,345,531 5,319,790
17 Safe 4/27/2012 Lionsgate R $17,142,080 2,153,527
18 The Man with the Iron Fists 11/2/2012 Universal R $15,634,090 1,964,081
19 Dredd 9/21/2012 Lionsgate R $13,414,714 1,685,265
20 The Darkest Hour 12/25/2011 Summit Entertainment PG-13 $8,305,531 1,043,408
21 For Greater Glory 6/1/2012 ARC Entertainment R $5,669,081 712,196
22 Serbuan maut 3/23/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $4,105,123 515,718
23 Agneepath 1/6/2012 Eros Entertainment Not Rated $1,973,574 247,936
24 Real Steel 10/7/2011 Walt Disney PG-13 $970,068 121,867
25 Immortals 11/11/2011 Relativity R $847,018 106,409
26 Dodookdeul 10/12/2012 Well Go USA Not Rated $532,699 66,921
27 Don 2 12/22/2011 Reliance Big Pictures Not Rated $500,054 62,820
28 Seeking Justice 3/16/2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment R $411,746 51,726
29 Stolen 9/14/2012 Alchemy R $289,773 36,403
30 Drive 9/16/2011 FilmDistrict R $227,642 28,598
31 Thaandavam 9/28/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $213,476 26,818
32 Tai Chi Zero 10/19/2012 Variance Films PG-13 $212,094 26,644
33 Vettai 1/13/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $202,581 25,449
34 Long men fei jia 8/31/2012 Indomina Releasing R $170,276 21,391
35 Mugamoodi 8/31/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $101,911 12,802
36 Paan Singh Tomar 3/2/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $40,311 5,064
37 Hua Pi 2 8/17/2012 Well Go USA Not Rated $33,212 4,172
38 Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora É Outro 11/11/2011 Variance Films Not Rated $14,616 1,836
39 Wu Xia 11/30/2012 Weinstein Co. R $11,300 1,419
40 Total Recall 6/1/1990 Sony Pictures R $11,299 1,419
41 Forces spéciales 10/12/2012 Entertainment One R $10,759 1,351
42 Arjun The Warrior Prince 5/25/2011 UTV Communications Not Rated $10,017 1,258
43 BRO' 6/22/2012 R $9,329 1,171
44 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 11/30/2012 Magnet Pictures R $5,460 685
45 Tomorrow When the War Began 2/24/2012 Freestyle Releasing R $4,936 620
46 The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch 11/18/2011 Music Box Films Not Rated $2,333 293
Total Gross of All Movies$2,219,810,176
Total Tickets Sold278,870,599

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.