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Top 40 Movies of 2012 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 73

Skyfall (2012) Japanese poster

Skyfall (2012) Japanese poster

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Top 40 Movie Hits of 2012 - Movie Poster Gallery.
(Worldwide Grosses)

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(Box Office Data courtesy of boxofficemojo.com)

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Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall (2012)

#40 - Total Recall (Directed by Len Wiseman) 118mins (133mins)

Colin Farrell - Douglas Quaid / Carl Hauser
Kate Beckinsale - Lori Quaid
Jessica Biel - Melina

Also starring Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine and Bill Nighy.

A remake of Total Recall (1990) which was directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the short story "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick, first published in 1966.

Box Office - $198.5m

IMDB rating 6.3

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21 Jump Street (2012)

21 Jump Street (2012)


#39 - 21 Jump Street (Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller) 109mins.

Jonah Hill - Schmidt
Channing Tatum - Jenko

Also starring Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis and Ice Cube.

Action comedy based on the 1987-1991 TV series.

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Box Office - $201.6m

IMDB rating 7.2

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Safe House (2012) German poster

Safe House (2012) German poster


#38 - Safe House (Directed by Daniel Espinosa) 115mins.

Denzel Washington - Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds - Matt Weston

Also starring Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Rubén Blades and Robert Patrick.

Shia LaBeouf, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Worthington were considered for the role of Matt Weston.

Box Office - $208.1m

IMDB rating 6.8

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Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack Reacher (2012)

#37 - Jack Reacher (Directed by Christopher McQuarrie) 130mins.

Tom Cruise - Jack Reacher

Also starring Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, Werner Herzog and Robert Duvall.

Based on the novel One Shot by Lee Child, the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series, first published in 2005.

Box Office - $216.6m

IMDB rating 7.3

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Argo (2012)

Argo (2012)

#36 - Argo (Directed by Ben Affleck) 120mins.

Ben Affleck - Tony Mendez

Also starring Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber and Tate Donovan.

Based on real life events.

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 3 - Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

Nominated for 7 BAFTA Awards winning 3 - Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing.

Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards winning 2 - Best Picture and Best Director.

One of the AFI's Top 10 Movies of the Year.

Box Office - $232.3m

IMDB rating 8.2

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American Reunion (2012)

American Reunion (2012)


#35 - American Reunion (Directed by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg) 113mins.

Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott and Mena Suvari.

The 4th in the American Pie series of theatrical movies, the others are - American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003).

Box Office - $235m

IMDB rating 6.9

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

#34 Silver Linings Playbook (Directed by David O. Russell) 122mins.

Bradley Cooper - Pat
Jennifer Lawrence - Tiffany
Robert De Niro - Pat Sr.
Jacki Weaver - Dolores

Also starring Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz and Julia Stiles.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), winning 1 - Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence).

Box Office - $236.4m

IMDB rating 8.0

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Resident Evil Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil Retribution (2012)

#33 - Resident Evil: Retribution (Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson) 96mins.

Milla Jovovich - Alice

Also starring Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer, Kevin Durand and Oded Fehr.

The 5th in the Resident Evil live-action movie series, the others are - Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Released in 3D

Box Office - $240.2m

IMDB rating 5.3

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Dark Shadows (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012)


#32 - Dark Shadows (Directed by Tim Burton) 113mins.

Johnny Depp - Barnabas Collins

Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote and Chloë Moretz.

Based on the gothic daytime soap opera created by Dan Curtis, which ran from 1966-1971.

Box Office - $245.5m

IMDB rating 6.3

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Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln (2012)

#31 - Lincoln (Directed by Steven Spielberg) 150mins.

Daniel Day-Lewis - Abraham Lincoln

Also starring Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.

Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Best Music (John Williams) winning 2 - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Production Design.

Nominated for 10 BAFTAs winning 1 - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)

Nominated for 7 Golden Globes winning 1 - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)

One of the AFI's Top 10 Movies of the Year

Box Office - $275.3m

IMDB rating 7.9

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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The Bourne Legacy (2012)


#30 - The Bourne Legacy (Directed by Tony Gilroy) 135mins

Jeremy Renner - Aaron Cross

Also starring Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney and Scott Glenn.

The 4th in the Bourne series of thrillers and based on characters by American author Robert Ludlum (1927-2001)

Taylor Kitsch, Josh Hartnett and Jake Gyllenhaal were considered for the lead role.

Box Office - $276.1m

IMDB rating 6.7

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John Carter (2012)

John Carter (2012)

John Carter (2012)

John Carter (2012)

#29 - John Carter (Directed by Andrew Stanton) 132mins.

Taylor Kitsch - John Carter
Lynn Collins - Dejah Thoris

Also starring Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West and James Purefoy.

Based on the novel 'A Princess of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first published in 1917.

Annie Award Nomination - Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

Released in 3D

Box Office - $282.8

IMDB rating 6.7

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

#28 - The Expendables 2 (Directed by Simon West) 103mins.

Sylvester Stallone - Barney Ross

Also starring Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A stuntman was killed during an action scene while filming on location in Bulgaria.

Box Office - $300.4m

IMDB rating 7.0

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Battleship (2012) Japanese poster

Battleship (2012) Japanese poster


#27 - Battleship (Directed by Peter Berg) 131mins.

Taylor Kitsch - Lieut. Alex Hopper

Also starring Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano and Liam Neeson.

Annie Award Nomination - Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

Box Office - $303m

IMDB rating 6.0

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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

#26 - Rise of the Guardians (Directed by Peter Ramsey) 97mins.

Chris Pine - Jack Frost (voice)

Also starring Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo.

Based on The Guardians of Childhood book series by William Joyce

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Animated Film.

Nominated for 8 Annie Awards including Best Animated Film, Character Animation, Production Design and Music (Alexandre Desplat).

Released in 3D

Box Office - $303.7m

IMDB rating 7.5

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Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

#25 - Wrath of the Titans (Directed by Jonathan Liebesman) 99mins.

Sam Worthington - Perseus
Liam Neeson - Zeus
Ralph Fiennes - Hades

Also starring Edgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy and Danny Huston as Poseidon.

Sequel to the remake of Clash of the Titans (1981).

Filmed in the Canary Islands.

Released in 3D

Box Office - $305.3m

IMDB rating 5.8

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Journey 2 The Mysterious Island (2012)

Journey 2 The Mysterious Island (2012)


#24 - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Brad Peyton) 94mins.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzmán, Vanessa Hudgens and Kristin Davis.

Sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) with only Josh Hutcherson returning from that film.

Released in 3D

Box Office - $325.9m

IMDB rating 5.7

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Titanic (1997) 3D re-release

Titanic (1997) 3D re-release


#23 - Titanic (1997) Directed by James Cameron. 194mins.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet - Rose DeWitt Bukater

Also starring Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, David Warner, Gloria Stuart and Bill Paxton.

Converted to 3D. The conversion process cost $18m and took 60 weeks to complete.

Box Office - $343.6m (2012 re-release only)

IMDB rating 7.6

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

#22 - Hotel Transylvania (Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky) 91mins

Adam Sandler - Dracula (voice)

Also starring Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher and Steve Buscemi.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Animated Film.

Nominated for 7 Annie Awards including Best Animated Film, Directing and Character Design.

Released in 3D

Box Office - $346.5m

IMDB rating 7.1

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The Lorax (2012)

The Lorax (2012)


#21 - The Lorax (Directed by Chris Reynaud & Kyle Balda) 86mins

Danny DeVito - The Lorax (voice)

Also starring Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Rob Riggle.

Based on Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, first published in 1971.

Nominated for 2 Annie Awards - Best Music (John Powell) and Best Character Design.

Released in 3D

Box Office - $348.8m

IMDB rating 6.4

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Taken 2 (2012)

Taken 2 (2012)


#20 - Taken 2 (Directed by Olivier Megaton) 92mins.

Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills

Also starring Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, D.B. Sweeney and Rade Serbedzija.

The first Taken (2008) was a surprise hit grossing $227m worldwide, the sequel had a more family friendly PG-13 rating and was even more successful.

Box Office - $376.1m

IMDB rating 6.4

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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

#19 - Snow White and the Huntsman (Directed by Rupert Sanders) 127mins (132mins)

Kristen Stewart - Snow White
Chris Hemsworth - The Huntsman
Charlize Theron - Ravenna

Also starring Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone.

Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Angelina Jolie was considered for 'Ravenna' and Hugh Jackman was offered the role of the Huntsman.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects.

Box Office - $396.6m

IMDB rating 6.3

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Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus (2012) Japanese poster

Prometheus (2012) Japanese poster

#18 - Prometheus (Directed by Ridley Scott) 124mins.

Noomi Rapace - Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender - David
Charlize Theron - Meredith Vickers

Also starring Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green.

Prequel to Ridley Scott's Alien (1979).

Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects.

BAFTA Nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 4 Satellite Awards including Best Visual Effects.

Released in 3D

Box Office - $403.4m

IMDB rating 7.2

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Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

#17 - Django Unchained (Directed by Quentin Tarantino) 165mins.

Jamie Foxx - Django
Christoph Waltz - Dr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprio - Calvin Candie

Also starring Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar and Don Johnson.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (DiCaprio) winning 2 - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

One of the American Film Institute's Top 10 Films of the Year.

Box Office - $424m

IMDB rating 8.9

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The Intouchables (2012)

The Intouchables (2012)