List of 2012 box office number-one films in the United States

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This is a list of films which placed number one at the weekend box office for the year 2012.

# Date Film Gross Notes
1 January 8, 2012 The Devil Inside $33,732,515
2 January 15, 2012 Contraband $24,349,815
3 January 22, 2012 Underworld: Awakening $25,306,725
4 January 29, 2012 The Grey $19,665,101
5 February 5, 2012 Chronicle $22,004,098
6 February 12, 2012 The Vow $41,202,458 The Vow broke Hitch's record ($7.5 million) for the highest mid-week Valentine’s Day gross with $11.6 million.
7 February 19, 2012 Safe House $23,641,575 Safe House reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
8 February 26, 2012 Act of Valor $24,476,632
9 March 4, 2012 The Lorax $70,217,070
10 March 11, 2012 The Lorax $38,846,020
11 March 18, 2012 21 Jump Street $36,302,612
12 March 25, 2012 The Hunger Games $152,535,747 The Hunger Games broke Alice in Wonderland's records ($116.1 million) for the highest weekend debut in March, for a non-sequel, and for a spring release. It also broke The Twilight Saga: New Moon's record ($142.8 million) for highest weekend debut for a film featuring a female protagonist.
13 April 1, 2012 The Hunger Games $58,551,063
14 April 8, 2012 The Hunger Games $33,111,557
15 April 15, 2012 The Hunger Games $21,096,824 The Hunger Games became the first film since Avatar to hold the top spot at the box office for four weekends straight.
16 April 22, 2012 Think Like a Man $33,636,303
17 April 29, 2012 Think Like a Man $17,604,141
18 May 6, 2012 Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708 Marvel's The Avengers broke Spider-Man 3's record ($151.1 million) for the highest weekend debut in May. It also broke The Dark Knight's record ($158.4 million) for the highest weekend debut for a superhero film, The Hunger Games's record ($152.5 million) for the highest weekend debut for a non-sequel, as well as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2's records ($169.2 million) for the highest weekend debut in the summer, for a 3D film, and of all-time. It also became the first film to gross $200 million in one weekend. Marvel's The Avengers had the highest weekend debut of 2012.
19 May 13, 2012 Marvel's The Avengers $103,052,274 Marvel's The Avengers broke Avatar's record ($75.6 million) for the highest second weekend gross of all-time, and also became the first film to gross $100 million in its second weekend of release.
20 May 20, 2012 Marvel's The Avengers $55,644,102 Marvel's The Avengers broke The Dark Knight's record (27 days) for the fastest film to reach $450 million domestically.
21 May 27, 2012 Men in Black 3 $54,592,779
22 June 3, 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman $56,217,700
23 June 10, 2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $60,316,738
24 June 17, 2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $34,055,474
25 June 24, 2012 Brave $66,323,594
26 July 1, 2012 Ted $54,415,205 Ted broke The Hangover's record ($45.0 million) for the highest weekend debut for an original R-rated comedy.
27 July 8, 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man $62,004,688 The Amazing Spider-Man's $35.0 million Tuesday gross broke Transformers's record ($27.8 million) for the highest Tuesday gross of all time.
28 July 15, 2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift $46,629,259
29 July 22, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $160,887,295 The Dark Knight Rises's $2.3 million midnight gross in IMAX broke Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2's record ($2 million) for the highest midnight gross in IMAX. It also broke The Dark Knight's record ($158.4 million) for the highest weekend debut for a non-3D film.
30 July 29, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $62,101,451
31 August 5, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $35,737,330
32 August 12, 2012 The Bourne Legacy $38,142,825
33 August 19, 2012 The Expendables 2 $28,591,370
34 August 26, 2012 The Expendables 2 $13,423,579
35 September 2, 2012 The Possession $17,732,480
36 September 9, 2012 The Possession $9,317,472
37 September 16, 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution $21,052,227
38 September 23, 2012 End of Watch $13,152,683 Initial estimates had End of Watch tied with House at the End of the Street.
39 September 30, 2012 Hotel Transylvania $42,522,194 Hotel Transylvania broke Sweet Home Alabama's record ($35.6 million) for the highest weekend debut in September.
40 October 7, 2012 Taken 2 $49,514,769
41 October 14, 2012 Taken 2 $21,873,127
42 October 21, 2012 Paranormal Activity 4 $29,003,866
43 October 28, 2012 Argo $12,085,059 Argo reached #1 in its third weekend of release.
44 November 4, 2012 Wreck-It Ralph $49,038,712
45 November 11, 2012 Skyfall $88,364,714 Skyfall broke Austin Powers in Goldmember's record ($73.0 million) for the highest opening weekend for a spy film.
46 November 18, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $141,067,634
47 November 25, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $43,641,448
48 December 2, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $17,416,362
49 December 9, 2012 Skyfall $10,780,201 Skyfall reclaimed the #1 spot in its fifth weekend of release, and it also became the first film since How to Train Your Dragon (2010) to take the top spot in its fifth weekend.
50 December 16, 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $84,617,303 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey broke I Am Legend's record ($77.2 million) for the highest weekend debut in December.
51 December 23, 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $36,888,365
52 December 30, 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $31,926,068

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