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Skyfall And Spider-Man Make Sony #1 In 2012

2012 was a giant year for the film industry. Not only were ticket sales up 5.6% in America compared to 2011, but three different blockbusters - The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall - managed to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It was definitely a boom year for Hollywood, but who above all benefited the most?

The answer to that question is Sony Pictures. THR reports that the studio made $4.4 billion in global ticket sales in 2012, which is more than any other studio did. The company's biggest success, of course, was the aforementioned James Bond film, but they also saw big results with titles like The Amazing Spider-Man ($752 million), Men in Black III ($624 million), Hotel Transylvania ($313 million) and 21 Jump Street ($202 million). The trade says that it's officially the biggest year that Sony has had in terms of box office grosses.

So how did the rest of the studios make out? Quite well, actually. Warner Bros.,which produced and distributed The Dark Knight Rises, placed second among studios with $4.25 billion; 20th Century Fox placed third with $3.7 billion; Disney, bolstered by The Avengers, came in fourth with $3.6 billion, Universal was fifth with $3.13 billion (also their best numbers on record); and Paramount came in last with $2.4 billion.

While these are interesting figures, they actually only make up half of the picture. What's unknown at this point is just how much money each studio had to spend in order to make the figures mentioned above. The $4.4 billion score is quite a big number for Sony, but it doesn't count for much if they spent $4.5 billion in order to generate it. But until those numbers are revealed Sony can just take it as a point of pride that they sold more tickets than anybody last year.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.