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Box Office Performance for Drama Movies in 2012

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RankMovieRelease
Date
Theatrical
Distributor
MPAA
Rating
2012 GrossTickets Sold
1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 11/16/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $289,133,356 36,323,285
2 Lincoln 11/9/2012 Walt Disney PG-13 $144,089,046 18,101,638
3 The Vow 2/10/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $125,014,030 15,705,280
4 Flight 11/2/2012 Paramount Pictures R $92,488,366 11,619,141
5 Life of Pi 11/21/2012 20th Century Fox PG $91,039,488 11,437,121
6 Jack Reacher 12/21/2012 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $64,697,214 8,127,790
7 The Lucky One 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. PG-13 $60,457,138 7,595,117
8 The Odd Life of Timothy Green 8/15/2012 Walt Disney PG $51,844,311 6,513,104
9 Moonrise Kingdom 5/25/2012 Focus Features PG-13 $45,512,466 5,717,646
10 The Descendants 11/16/2011 Fox Searchlight R $42,309,296 5,315,238
11 The Artist 11/25/2011 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $39,622,751 4,977,732
12 War Horse 12/25/2011 Walt Disney PG-13 $39,431,587 4,953,716
13 Lawless 8/29/2012 Weinstein Co. R $37,397,291 4,698,152
14 Trouble with the Curve 9/21/2012 Warner Bros. PG-13 $35,763,137 4,492,856
15 Step Up Revolution 7/27/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $35,074,677 4,406,366
16 Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2/24/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $35,025,791 4,400,225
17 Silver Linings Playbook 11/16/2012 Weinstein Co. R $34,676,769 4,356,378
18 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 12/25/2011 Warner Bros. PG-13 $31,495,464 3,956,716
19 We Bought a Zoo 12/23/2011 20th Century Fox PG $31,133,551 3,911,250
20 The Iron Lady 1/13/2012 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $29,739,027 3,736,058
21 Cloud Atlas 10/26/2012 Warner Bros. R $26,903,242 3,379,804
22 Sparkle 8/17/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $24,397,469 3,065,008
23 Big Miracle 2/3/2012 Universal PG $20,157,300 2,532,324
24 The Perks of Being a Wallflower 9/21/2012 Lionsgate R $17,479,028 2,195,857
25 The Master 9/14/2012 Weinstein Co. R $15,979,869 2,007,521
26 People Like Us 6/29/2012 Walt Disney PG-13 $12,431,792 1,561,782
27 Anna Karenina 11/16/2012 Focus Features R $11,537,763 1,449,467
28 The Words 9/7/2012 CBS Films PG-13 $11,494,838 1,444,075
29 Beasts of the Southern Wild 6/27/2012 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $11,249,128 1,413,207
30 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 12/21/2012 Paramount Pictures PG $10,878,362 1,366,628
31 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 3/9/2012 CBS Films PG-13 $9,041,540 1,135,871
32 Jodaeiye Nader az Simin 12/30/2011 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $7,039,011 884,297
33 In Darkness 2/10/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $6,994,218 878,670
34 Chasing Mavericks 10/26/2012 20th Century Fox PG $5,977,302 750,917
35 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 11/18/2011 Summit Entertainment PG-13 $5,756,395 723,165
36 My Week with Marilyn 11/23/2011 Weinstein Co. R $5,661,684 711,266
37 The Sessions 10/19/2012 Fox Searchlight R $5,632,024 707,540
38 Hitchcock 11/23/2012 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $5,488,896 689,559
39 October Baby 3/23/2012 Five & Two Pictures PG-13 $5,355,847 672,845
40 Won't Back Down 9/28/2012 20th Century Fox PG $5,310,554 667,155
41 Zero Dark Thirty 12/19/2012 Sony Pictures R $4,406,138 553,534
42 Promised Land 12/28/2012 Focus Features R $4,395,439 552,190
43 A Dangerous Method 11/23/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $4,125,326 518,257
44 The Impossible 12/21/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $3,412,413 428,695
45 Atlas Shrugged: Part II 10/12/2012 Atlas Distribution PG-13 $3,336,053 419,102
46 Last Ounce of Courage 9/14/2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $3,310,439 415,884
47 Robot & Frank 8/17/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $3,298,428 414,375
48 Hyde Park on Hudson 12/7/2012 Focus Features R $3,209,885 403,251
49 Jab Tak Hai Jaan 11/13/2012 Yash Raj Films Not Rated $3,047,539 382,856
50 Albert Nobbs 12/21/2011 Roadside Attractions R $3,014,696 378,730
51 Talaash 11/30/2012 Reliance Big Pictures Not Rated $2,706,375 339,996
52 Girl in Progress 5/11/2012 Pantelion Films R $2,609,412 327,815
53 Sleepwalk With Me 8/24/2012 IFC Films PG-13 $2,266,066 284,681
54 Carnage 12/16/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $2,198,142 276,148
55 Shame 12/2/2011 Fox Searchlight NC-17 $2,036,419 255,831
56 He'arat Shulayim 3/9/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG $2,007,451 252,192
57 English Vinglish 9/28/2012 Eros Entertainment Not Rated $1,862,086 233,930
58 Crooked Arrows 5/18/2012 Branded Entertainment PG-13 $1,832,541 230,218
59 Monsieur Lazhar 10/28/2011 Seville PG-13 $1,810,703 227,475
60 We Need to Talk About Kevin 1/13/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures R $1,699,395 213,491
61 Your Sister's Sister 6/15/2012 IFC Films R $1,597,486 200,689
62 Le gamin au vélo 3/16/2012 IFC Films PG-13 $1,389,524 174,563
63 A Late Quartet 11/2/2012 Entertainment One R $1,356,841 170,457
64 Les adieux à la reine 7/13/2012 Cohen Media Group R $1,329,660 167,042
65 Woman Thou Art Loosed On the 7th Day 4/13/2012 Codeblack Entertainment PG-13 $1,301,562 163,512
66 Take This Waltz 6/29/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $1,239,692 155,740
67 Le fils de l'autre 10/26/2012 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $1,199,098 150,640
68 The Deep Blue Sea 4/13/2012 Mongrel Media R $1,126,027 141,460
69 Rampart 2/10/2012 Alchemy R $969,239 121,763
70 Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja 9/21/2012 CJ Entertainment Not Rated $904,240 113,597
71 De rouille et d’os 11/23/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $866,016 108,795
72 Coriolanus 1/20/2012 Weinstein Co. R $749,641 94,176
73 Unconditional 9/21/2012 Veracity Moving Pictures PG-13 $741,381 93,138
74 Pariah 12/28/2011 Focus Features R $684,566 86,000
75 En kongelig affære 11/9/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $659,348 82,832
76 J. Edgar 11/9/2011 Warner Bros. R $655,199 82,311
77 Moneyball 9/23/2011 Sony Pictures PG-13 $643,850 80,885
78 Midnight's Children 11/2/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $600,595 75,451
79 Heroine 9/21/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $598,668 75,209
80 W.E. 2/3/2012 Weinstein Co. R $582,075 73,125
81 Holy Motors 10/17/2012 Indomina Releasing Not Rated $560,586 70,425
82 Being Flynn 3/2/2012 Focus Features R $540,152 67,858
83 Et maintenant, on va où? 5/11/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $531,813 66,810
84 Courageous 9/30/2011 Sony Pictures PG-13 $486,301 61,093
85 Not Fade Away 12/21/2012 Paramount Vantage R $416,886 52,372
86 La fille du puisatier 6/20/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $389,651 48,951
87 Smashed 10/12/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $375,981 47,233
88 Bully 7/13/2001 Lionsgate R $371,732 46,700
89 Neuk-dae-so-nyeon 11/30/2012 CJ Entertainment Not Rated $338,876 42,572
90 Red Hook Summer 8/10/2012 Variance/40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks R $338,803 42,563
91 Compliance 8/17/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $319,285 40,111
92 Jin líng shí san chai 12/21/2011 Wrekin Hill Entertainment R $311,434 39,124
93 Amour 12/19/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $311,247 39,101
94 Dolphin Tale 9/23/2011 Warner Bros. PG $270,810 34,021
95 The Way 10/7/2011 Producers Distribution Agency PG-13 $260,592 32,737
96 Boy 3/2/2012 Paladin Not Rated $256,211 32,187
97 In The Land of Blood and Honey 12/23/2011 FilmDistrict R $254,735 32,001
98 Poulet aux prunes 8/17/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $253,705 31,872
99 Le Havre 10/21/2011 Janus Films Not Rated $253,003 31,784
100 Keep the Lights On 9/7/2012 Not Rated $246,112 30,918
101 Trishna 7/13/2012 IFC Films R $240,381 30,198
102 Middle of Nowhere 10/12/2012 AFFRM R $236,806 29,749
103 Yi jiu si er 11/30/2012 China Lion Film Distribution Not Rated $212,475 26,692
104 The Help 8/10/2011 Walt Disney PG-13 $206,041 25,884
105 Touchback 4/13/2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment PG-13 $204,157 25,647
106 10 Years 9/14/2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment PG-13 $203,654 25,584
107 The Hunter 4/6/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $176,669 22,194
108 Dark Horse 6/8/2012 Brainstorm Media Not Rated $166,228 20,882
109 L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie 10/12/2012 MPI Media Group Not Rated $158,411 19,900
110 Elles 4/27/2012 Kino Lorber NC-17 $157,427 19,777
111 Simon och ekarna 10/12/2012 Film Arcade Not Rated $150,109 18,857
112 Kiseki 5/11/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG $145,808 18,317
113 La piel que habito 10/14/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $143,085 17,975
114 Rundskop 2/17/2012 Drafthouse Films R $142,616 17,916
115 On the Road 12/21/2012 IFC Films R $139,363 17,507
116 The Ides of March 10/7/2011 Sony Pictures R $136,922 17,201
117 The Lady 4/11/2012 Cohen Media Group R $135,985 17,083
118 The Loneliest Planet 10/26/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $129,579 16,278
119 Any Day Now 12/14/2012 Music Box Films R $129,391 16,255
120 Les bien-aimés 8/17/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $124,405 15,628
121 The Forgiveness of Blood 2/24/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $122,593 15,401
122 Bel Ami 6/8/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $120,462 15,133
123 Cowgirls 'n Angels 5/25/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $119,782 15,047
124 Therese Desqueyroux 11/30/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $117,179 14,720
125 Margin Call 10/21/2011 Roadside Attractions R $107,220 13,469
126 Hello I Must Be Going 9/7/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures R $106,709 13,405
127 Inch'Allah 9/28/2012 Entertainment One R $104,087 13,076
128 The Magic of Belle Isle 7/6/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG $102,388 12,862
129 Wuthering Heights 10/5/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $100,915 12,677
130 Oslo, 31 August 5/25/2012 Strand Not Rated $100,713 12,652
131 Hardflip 6/1/2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG-13 $96,734 12,152
132 The Eye of the Storm 9/7/2012 Sycamore Entertainment Group Inc. Not Rated $83,566 10,498
133 Starlet 11/9/2012 Music Box Films Not Rated $82,424 10,354
134 Ichimei 7/20/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $75,688 9,508
135 Detachment 3/16/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $70,740 8,886
136 Mai wei 4/20/2012 PMK*BNC R $70,177 8,816
137 Un amour de jeunesse 4/20/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $64,925 8,156
138 Young Goethe in Love 11/4/2011 Music Box Films Not Rated $60,901 7,650
139 Take Shelter 9/30/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $57,751 7,255
140 Beyond the Black Rainbow 5/18/2012 Mongrel Media R $56,491 7,096
141 A Beautiful Soul 5/4/2012 Tyscot Manhaddon PG-13 $54,008 6,784
142 Karakara 8/31/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $50,831 6,385
143 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 12/7/2012 TriBeca Films PG-13 $50,292 6,318
144 Deep In The Heart 2/17/2012 ARC Entertainment PG-13 $47,700 5,992
145 The Mill and the Cross 9/14/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $47,314 5,943
146 La guerre est déclarée 1/27/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $46,225 5,807
147 Impardonnables 6/29/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $45,827 5,757
148 Union Square 7/13/2012 Dada Films Not Rated $44,830 5,631
149 Poupoupidou 5/11/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $43,040 5,407
150 Attenberg 3/9/2012 Strand Not Rated $42,582 5,349
151 Miss Bala 1/20/2012 Mongrel Media R $40,540 5,092
152 Les Enfants du Paradis 3/11/2012 Janus Films Not Rated $36,986 4,646
153 Tomboy 11/16/2011 Rocket Releasing Not Rated $34,112 4,285
154 La conquête 11/11/2011 Music Box Films Not Rated $33,344 4,188
155 Romeo Onze 3/9/2012 Metropole Films Distribution Not Rated $32,457 4,077
156 Musical Chairs 3/23/2012 Paladin PG-13 $31,478 3,954
157 Noruwei no mori 11/25/2011 Mongrel Media Not Rated $31,406 3,945
158 Hide Away 5/25/2012 Joule Films PG-13 $30,655 3,851
159 Hermano 6/29/2012 Not Rated $29,864 3,751
160 Kaerlighed Pa Film 1/9/2009 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $29,630 3,722
161 Max et les ferrailleurs 8/10/2012 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $29,174 3,665
162 Least Among Saints 10/12/2012 Brainstorm Media R $28,026 3,520
163 Mighty Fine 5/25/2012 Adopt Films R $27,900 3,505
164 Here 4/13/2012 Strand Not Rated $26,464 3,324
165 Nobody Walks 10/19/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $25,342 3,183
166 Nannerl la soeur de Mozart 8/19/2011 Music Box Films Not Rated $23,389 2,938
167 Like Crazy 10/28/2011 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $23,291 2,926
168 Les hommes libres 3/16/2012 Film Movement Not Rated $22,578 2,836
169 Toutes nos envies 3/16/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $22,517 2,828
170 The Long Day Closes 3/23/2012 The Film Desk PG $22,366 2,809
171 Noordzee, Texas 11/2/2012 Strand Not Rated $21,615 2,715
172 Bonsai 8/30/2012 Not Rated $21,163 2,658
173 Présumé coupable 1/27/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $19,750 2,481
174 Ranchero 7/15/2011 Indican Pictures Not Rated $19,623 2,465
175 Sedona 3/16/2012 Pasidg Productions Not Rated $19,532 2,453
176 28 Hotel Rooms 11/9/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $18,869 2,370
177 4:44 Last Day on Earth 3/23/2012 IFC Films R $17,801 2,236
178 Dangerous Liaisons 11/9/2012 Well Go USA Not Rated $17,000 2,135
179 Little Birds 8/29/2012 Alchemy R $16,594 2,084
180 Return 2/10/2012 Dada Films Not Rated $16,124 2,025
181 Alpeis 7/13/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $16,057 2,017
182 Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog 5/18/2012 Music Box Films Not Rated $15,674 1,969
183 Michael 2/15/2012 Strand Not Rated $15,151 1,903
184 17 filles 9/21/2012 Strand Not Rated $15,002 1,884
185 30 Beats 7/20/2012 Roadside Attractions R $14,686 1,844
186 Tristana 11/23/2012 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $14,586 1,832
187 Autoreiji 12/2/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $14,305 1,797
188 Les Neiges du Kilimanjaro 12/9/2011 Mongrel Media Not Rated $13,729 1,724
189 Jesus Henry Christ 4/20/2012 Entertainment One PG-13 $13,714 1,722
190 Sedmikrásky 7/6/2012 Janus Films Not Rated $13,692 1,720
191 How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr. Foster? 1/25/2012 First Run Features Not Rated $13,013 1,634
192 California Solo 11/30/2012 Strand Not Rated $12,952 1,627
193 For Ellen 9/5/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $12,396 1,557
194 Hamnden 6/1/2012 Music Box Films Not Rated $10,960 1,376
195 Santa Mesa 1/13/2012 Indican Pictures Not Rated $10,490 1,317
196 Virginia 5/18/2012 Entertainment One R $9,915 1,245
197 Post Mortem 4/11/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $9,750 1,224
198 Around June 3/16/2012 Indican Pictures Not Rated $9,102 1,143
199 Cartas a Elena 6/8/2012 Freestyle Releasing PG $8,511 1,069
200 Cook County 12/16/2011 Hannover House Not Rated $8,250 1,036
201 Roadie 1/6/2012 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $7,825 983
202 Nothing But a Man 11/9/2012 APD/Cinema Conservancy Not Rated $7,255 911
203 Domaine 1/13/2012 Strand Not Rated $6,914 868
204 In Our Nature 12/7/2012 Cinedigm Not Rated $6,543 821
205 Tyrannosaur 11/18/2011 Strand Not Rated $6,353 798
206 Prince of the Himalayas 12/23/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $6,295 790
207 Crazy Eyes 7/6/2012 Strand Not Rated $6,106 767
208 The Last Ride 10/21/2011 PG-13 $5,887 739
209 Joven y alocada 11/30/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $5,514 692
210 The Good Doctor 8/31/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $5,206 654
211 Bringing Up Bobby 9/28/2012 Monterey Media PG-13 $4,975 625
212 Atmen 8/31/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,258 534
213 Kongen av Bastøy 1/6/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,162 522
214 Amigo 8/19/2011 Variance Films R $4,123 517
215 Downtown Express 4/20/2012 Not Rated $3,474 436
216 Cirkus Columbia 2/17/2012 Strand Not Rated $3,163 397
217 About Cherry 9/21/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $3,003 377
218 Serge Gainsbourg vie heroique 8/31/2011 Music Box Films Not Rated $2,240 281
219 Perfect Sense 2/10/2012 IFC Films R $1,567 196
220 A Green Story 11/16/2012 Indican Pictures Not Rated $1,395 175
221 Jack and Diane 11/2/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $1,142 143
222 Schastye moe 9/30/2011 Kino Lorber Not Rated $841 105
223 Citizen Gangster 4/27/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $625 78
224 Death of a Superhero 5/4/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $607 76
225 Meeting Evil 5/4/2012 Magnet Pictures R $525 65
Total Gross of All Movies$1,670,333,716
Total Tickets Sold209,840,803

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.