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 $287,756,286 36,150,287
2 Lincoln 11/16/2012 Walt Disney PG-13 $138,675,219 17,421,509
3 The Vow 2/10/2012 Sony Pictures PG-13 $125,014,030 15,705,280
4 Flight 11/2/2012 Paramount Pictures R $92,234,057 11,587,193
5 Life of Pi 11/21/2012 20th Century Fox PG $88,226,096 11,083,680
6 The Lucky One 4/20/2012 Warner Bros. PG-13 $60,457,138 7,595,117
7 Jack Reacher 12/21/2012 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $55,504,341 6,972,907
8 The Odd Life of Timothy Green 8/15/2012 Walt Disney PG $51,778,216 6,504,801
9 Moonrise Kingdom 5/25/2012 Focus Features PG-13 $45,512,466 5,717,646
10 The Descendants 12/9/2011 Fox Searchlight R $41,248,398 5,181,959
11 The Artist 1/20/2012 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $38,689,594 4,860,501
12 Lawless 8/29/2012 Weinstein Co. R $37,397,291 4,698,152
13 Trouble with the Curve 9/21/2012 Warner Bros. PG-13 $35,763,137 4,492,856
14 Step Up Revolution 7/27/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $35,074,677 4,406,366
15 Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2/24/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $35,025,791 4,400,225
16 War Horse 12/25/2011 Walt Disney PG-13 $31,658,147 3,977,154
17 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 12/25/2011 Warner Bros. PG-13 $31,448,337 3,950,796
18 Silver Linings Playbook 11/16/2012 Weinstein Co. R $31,060,059 3,902,017
19 The Iron Lady 1/13/2012 Weinstein Co. PG-13 $29,615,141 3,720,495
20 We Bought a Zoo 11/26/2011 20th Century Fox PG $27,530,441 3,458,598
21 Cloud Atlas 10/26/2012 Warner Bros. R $26,800,689 3,366,920
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 PG-13 $17,398,290 2,185,714
25 The Master 9/14/2012 Weinstein Co. R $15,933,452 2,001,689
26 People Like Us 6/29/2012 Walt Disney PG-13 $12,431,792 1,561,782
27 The Words 9/7/2012 CBS Films PG-13 $11,494,838 1,444,075
28 Beasts of the Southern Wild 6/27/2012 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $11,249,128 1,413,207
29 Anna Karenina 11/16/2012 Focus Features R $11,173,609 1,403,719
30 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 12/21/2012 Paramount Pictures PG $9,592,930 1,205,141
31 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 3/9/2012 CBS Films PG-13 $9,041,540 1,135,871
32 In Darkness 2/10/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $6,994,218 878,670
33 Jodaeiye Nader az Simin 12/30/2011 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $6,993,084 878,528
34 Chasing Mavericks 10/26/2012 20th Century Fox PG $5,957,259 748,399
35 The Sessions 10/19/2012 Fox Searchlight R $5,574,991 700,375
36 Hitchcock 11/23/2012 Fox Searchlight PG-13 $5,337,378 670,524
37 Won't Back Down 9/28/2012 20th Century Fox PG $5,310,554 667,155
38 October Baby 3/23/2012 Five & Two Pictures PG-13 $5,203,895 653,755
39 My Week with Marilyn 11/23/2011 Weinstein Co. R $4,966,392 623,918
40 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 11/18/2011 Summit Entertainment PG-13 $4,343,495 545,665
41 A Dangerous Method 11/23/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $3,905,185 490,601
42 Atlas Shrugged: Part II 10/12/2012 Atlas Distribution PG-13 $3,336,053 419,102
43 Last Ounce of Courage 9/14/2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG $3,310,439 415,884
44 Robot & Frank 8/17/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG-13 $3,298,428 414,375
45 Jab Tak Hai Jaan 11/13/2012 Yash Raj Films Not Rated $3,047,539 382,856
46 Talaash 11/30/2012 Reliance Big Pictures Not Rated $2,706,375 339,996
47 Girl in Progress 5/11/2012 Pantelion Films R $2,609,412 327,815
48 Sleepwalk With Me 8/24/2012 IFC Films PG-13 $2,266,066 284,681
49 Hyde Park on Hudson 12/7/2012 Focus Features R $2,178,603 273,693
50 Carnage 12/16/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $2,125,560 267,030
51 He'arat Shulayim 3/9/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG $2,007,451 252,192
52 English Vinglish 9/28/2012 Eros Entertainment Not Rated $1,862,086 233,930
53 Shame 12/2/2011 Fox Searchlight NC-17 $1,845,683 231,869
54 Crooked Arrows 5/18/2012 Branded Entertainment PG-13 $1,832,541 230,218
55 Monsieur Lazhar 4/13/2012 Music Box Films PG-13 $1,810,703 227,475
56 Zero Dark Thirty 12/19/2012 Sony Pictures R $1,710,132 214,840
57 We Need to Talk About Kevin 1/13/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures R $1,699,395 213,491
58 Your Sister's Sister 6/15/2012 IFC Films R $1,597,486 200,689
59 Le gamin au vélo 3/16/2012 IFC Films PG-13 $1,389,524 174,563
60 Les adieux à la reine 7/13/2012 Cohen Media Group R $1,329,660 167,042
61 Woman Thou Art Loosed On the 7th Day 4/13/2012 Codeblack Entertainment PG-13 $1,301,562 163,512
62 Take This Waltz 6/29/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $1,239,692 155,740
63 A Late Quartet 11/2/2012 Entertainment One R $1,165,521 146,422
64 Le fils de l'autre 10/26/2012 Cohen Media Group PG-13 $1,160,006 145,729
65 The Deep Blue Sea 3/23/2012 Music Box Films R $1,126,027 141,460
66 Rampart 11/23/2011 Millennium Entertainment R $969,239 121,763
67 Coriolanus 1/20/2012 Weinstein Co. R $749,641 94,176
68 Unconditional 9/21/2012 Veracity Moving Pictures PG-13 $741,381 93,138
69 De rouille et d’os 11/23/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $702,117 88,205
70 The Impossible 12/21/2012 Lionsgate PG-13 $657,029 82,541
71 Pariah 12/28/2011 Focus Features R $646,113 81,169
72 En kongelig affære 11/9/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $645,501 81,093
73 Heroine 9/21/2012 UTV Communications Not Rated $598,668 75,209
74 Midnight's Children 11/2/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $594,555 74,692
75 W.E. 12/9/2011 Weinstein Co. R $582,075 73,125
76 J. Edgar 11/9/2011 Warner Bros. R $554,198 69,622
77 Holy Motors 10/17/2012 Indomina Releasing Not Rated $535,204 67,236
78 Et maintenant, on va où? 5/11/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $531,813 66,810
79 Moneyball 9/23/2011 Sony Pictures PG-13 $505,639 63,522
80 La fille du puisatier 6/20/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $389,651 48,951
81 Smashed 10/12/2012 Sony Pictures Classics R $372,537 46,801
82 Bully 7/13/2001 Lionsgate R $371,732 46,700
83 Courageous 9/30/2011 Sony Pictures PG-13 $369,373 46,403
84 Promised Land 12/28/2012 Focus Features R $345,528 43,408
85 Red Hook Summer 8/10/2012 Variance/40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks R $338,803 42,563
86 Neuk-dae-so-nyeon 11/30/2012 CJ Entertainment Not Rated $336,401 42,261
87 Compliance 8/17/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $319,285 40,111
88 Jin líng shí san chai 1/20/2012 Wrekin Hill Entertainment R $311,434 39,124
89 Boy 3/2/2012 Paladin Not Rated $256,211 32,187
90 Poulet aux prunes 8/17/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $253,705 31,872
91 Amour 12/19/2012 Sony Pictures Classics PG-13 $251,415 31,584
92 Keep the Lights On 9/7/2012 Not Rated $246,112 30,918
93 In The Land of Blood and Honey 12/23/2011 FilmDistrict R $245,485 30,839
94 Trishna 7/13/2012 IFC Films R $240,381 30,198
95 Middle of Nowhere 10/12/2012 AFFRM R $236,806 29,749
96 The Way 10/7/2011 Producers Distribution Agency PG-13 $219,518 27,577
97 Dolphin Tale 9/23/2011 Warner Bros. PG $216,306 27,174
98 Yi jiu si er 11/30/2012 China Lion Film Distribution Not Rated $212,475 26,692
99 The Help 8/10/2011 Walt Disney PG-13 $206,041 25,884
100 Touchback 4/13/2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment PG-13 $204,157 25,647
101 10 Years 9/14/2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment PG-13 $203,654 25,584
102 The Hunter 4/6/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $176,669 22,194
103 Rebelle 3/1/2013 TriBeca Films Not Rated $168,028 21,109
104 L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie 10/12/2012 MPI Media Group Not Rated $158,411 19,900
105 Elles 4/27/2012 Kino Lorber NC-17 $157,427 19,777
106 Simon och ekarna 10/12/2012 Film Arcade Not Rated $150,109 18,857
107 Not Fade Away 12/21/2012 Paramount Vantage R $146,798 18,441
108 Kiseki 5/11/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG $145,808 18,317
109 Rundskop 2/17/2012 Drafthouse Films R $142,616 17,916
110 The Lady 4/11/2012 Cohen Media Group R $135,985 17,083
111 The Loneliest Planet 10/26/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $129,579 16,278
112 Les bien-aimés 8/17/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $124,405 15,628
113 La piel que habito 10/14/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $121,070 15,209
114 Bel Ami 6/8/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $120,462 15,133
115 Cowgirls 'n Angels 5/25/2012 Samuel Goldwyn Films PG $119,782 15,047
116 On the Road 12/21/2012 IFC Films R $118,140 14,841
117 Any Day Now 12/14/2012 Music Box Films R $117,292 14,735
118 Therese Desqueyroux 11/30/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $115,231 14,476
119 Hello I Must Be Going 9/7/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures R $106,709 13,405
120 Inch'Allah 9/28/2012 Entertainment One R $104,087 13,076
121 The Magic of Belle Isle 7/6/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG $102,388 12,862
122 Wuthering Heights 10/5/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $100,915 12,677
123 Hardflip 6/1/2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures PG-13 $96,734 12,152
124 Margin Call 10/21/2011 Roadside Attractions R $84,088 10,563
125 The Eye of the Storm 9/7/2012 Sycamore Entertainment Group Inc. Not Rated $83,566 10,498
126 Albert Nobbs 12/21/2011 Roadside Attractions R $80,599 10,125
127 Starlet 11/9/2012 Music Box Films Not Rated $79,895 10,037
128 Ichimei 7/20/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $75,688 9,508
129 The Ides of March 10/7/2011 Sony Pictures R $71,199 8,944
130 Mai wei 4/20/2012 PMK*BNC R $70,177 8,816
131 Beyond the Black Rainbow 5/18/2012 Mongrel Media R $56,491 7,096
132 A Beautiful Soul 5/4/2012 Tyscot Manhaddon PG-13 $54,008 6,784
133 Karakara 8/31/2012 Mongrel Media Not Rated $50,831 6,385
134 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 12/7/2012 TriBeca Films PG-13 $50,292 6,318
135 Take Shelter 9/30/2011 Sony Pictures Classics R $49,347 6,199
136 Deep In The Heart 2/17/2012 ARC Entertainment PG-13 $47,700 5,992
137 Union Square 7/13/2012 Dada Films Not Rated $44,830 5,631
138 Miss Bala 1/20/2012 Mongrel Media R $40,540 5,092
139 Musical Chairs 3/23/2012 Paladin PG-13 $31,478 3,954
140 Hide Away 5/25/2012 Joule Films PG-13 $30,655 3,851
141 Kaerlighed Pa Film 1/9/2009 Koch Lorber Films Not Rated $29,630 3,722
142 Max et les ferrailleurs 8/10/2012 Rialto Pictures Not Rated $29,174 3,665
143 Least Among Saints 10/12/2012 Brainstorm Media R $28,026 3,520
144 Mighty Fine 5/25/2012 Adopt Films R $27,900 3,505
145 Nobody Walks 10/19/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $25,342 3,183
146 28 Hotel Rooms 11/9/2012 Oscilloscope Pictures Not Rated $18,869 2,370
147 4:44 Last Day on Earth 3/23/2012 IFC Films R $17,801 2,236
148 Dangerous Liaisons 11/9/2012 Well Go USA Not Rated $17,000 2,135
149 Little Birds 8/29/2012 Millennium Entertainment R $16,594 2,084
150 Alpeis 7/13/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $16,057 2,017
151 17 filles 9/21/2012 Strand Not Rated $15,002 1,884
152 30 Beats 7/20/2012 Roadside Attractions R $14,686 1,844
153 Like Crazy 10/28/2011 Paramount Pictures PG-13 $14,619 1,836
154 Tristana 9/21/1970 PG-13 $14,586 1,832
155 Jesus Henry Christ 4/20/2012 Entertainment One PG-13 $13,714 1,722
156 Sedmikrásky 7/6/2012 Janus Films Not Rated $13,692 1,720
157 Autoreiji 12/2/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $13,149 1,651
158 California Solo 11/30/2012 Strand Not Rated $12,952 1,627
159 For Ellen 9/5/2012 TriBeca Films Not Rated $12,396 1,557
160 Cartas a Elena 6/8/2012 Freestyle Releasing PG $8,511 1,069
161 Roadie 1/6/2012 Magnolia Pictures Not Rated $7,825 983
162 In Our Nature 12/7/2012 Cinedigm Not Rated $6,543 821
163 The Last Ride 6/22/2012 Category One PG-13 $5,887 739
164 Joven y alocada 11/30/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $5,514 692
165 The Good Doctor 8/31/2012 Magnolia Pictures PG-13 $5,206 654
166 Bringing Up Bobby 9/28/2012 Monterey Media PG-13 $4,975 625
167 Atmen 8/31/2012 Kino Lorber Not Rated $4,258 534
168 Amigo 8/19/2011 Variance Films R $3,811 478
169 About Cherry 9/21/2012 IFC Films Not Rated $3,003 377
170 Free Radicals 8/3/2004 Kino International Not Rated $2,954 371
171 Perfect Sense 2/10/2012 IFC Films R $1,567 196
172 A Green Story 11/16/2012 Indican Pictures Not Rated $1,395 175
173 Jack and Diane 11/2/2012 Magnolia Pictures R $1,142 143
174 Meeting Evil 5/4/2012 Magnet Pictures R $525 65
175 Angels Crest 12/30/2011 Magnolia Pictures R $425 54
Total Gross of All Movies$1,611,317,236
Total Tickets Sold202,426,703

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.