The final weekend box office of 2012 sent the year out on a high note, putting 2012 in the record books with the biggest box office take in history at $10.8 billion in ticket sales. The Hobbit has now passed the $600 million mark in worldwide grosses and both Django Unchained and Les Miserables have performed much better than anticipated, helping to boost this year's box office above 2009's $10.6 billion.
However, not every recent release has connected with audiences. The Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand roadtrip comedy The Guilt Trip didn't catch on and Pixar's re-release of Monsters, Inc (in 3D) failed to register with family audiences. But family audiences have been turning out to see the Bette Midler/Billy Crystal comedy, Parental Guidance. That film has done surprisingly well considering the low-key advertising campaign.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of December 28-30, 2012
1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $32,920,000
2) Django Unchained - $30,688,000
3) Les Miserables - $28,027,440
4) Parental Guidance - $14,800,000
5) Jack Reacher - $14,010,000
6) This is 40 - $13,185,850
7) Lincoln - $7,509,000
8) The Guilt Trip - $6,700,000
9) Monsters, Inc - $6,363,000
10) Rise of the Guardians - $4,900,000
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