Audiences across the world loved the 23rd James Bond adventure, Skyfall ($980 million), making it one of the most popular (and successful) Bond films ever. The box office of take of the Middle Earth adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is still growing and will likely end up in at least the $800M range.
The second and final part of The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, unspooled in November ($800M). Meanwhile, animated sequels DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3 ($742M) and Ice Age: Continental Drift ($875M), a fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise, helped satisfy family audiences again. Pixar Animation’s Brave ($535M) helped too.
The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, The Hunger Games, made nearly $690M in worldwide grosses (with the sequel coming out in 2013). Male audiences drove big success for Seth MacFarlane’s first big screen movie, Ted, which generated more than $500M at the box office (and even landed him the gig of hosting the Oscars).