2012 Year in Review: Biggest Surprises At the Movies (PHOTOS)

For 2013, Hollywood has its work cut out for it.

2012 gave us the first-ever Marvel superhero team-up movie, the final Twilight film, the biggest James Bond movie ever and an unprecedented amount of Channing Tatum.

This year’s embarrassment of riches set the bar very high for movie fans. So before the new year tries to “out movie” the current one, Celebuzz looks back at seven of 2012’s biggest surprises – both pleasant and not-so-much – at the movies.

This feature is not a sequel to our most memorable movie moments – which you can read here. It’s rather a general look back/taking inventory of the year that was.

Now less reading, more…reading. But with pictures!

What surprised you at the movies this year? Sound off in the comments below.

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‘The Hobbit’ vs. ‘Skyfall’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

This weekend, the box office is in for a massive shake-up as The Hobbit challenges James Bond for the No. 1 spot.

Peter Jackson‘s much-anticipated return to Middle Earth is the sole new release this weekend, and its expected to rake in tons of hard-earned allowance money.

Holdovers like Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, which have shown amazing legs at the box office for the past few weeks, are expected to bow down before Bilbo and Company. But how big will The Hobbit open?

Lord of the Rings‘ legion of fans can’t wait to see the first of three prequels set in author J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world.

 

The Hobbit opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D, meaning you’d have to work very hard to not see it when it hits theaters on Friday. While reviews have been mixed-to-positive for the Warner Bros. release, a franchise this beloved is virtually critic proof. Celebuzz predicts at least a $70 million opening weekend.

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James Bond’s 23rd big-screen outing is also his most lucrative, having grossed over $910 million worldwide. Skyfall reclaimed the top spot last weekend, in its fifth week of release – which is unprecedented for any film. After 50 years, audiences cannot get enough of 007, but the super spy will most likely relinquish the box office throne to Gandalf and his 13 dwarves.

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Will you see The Hobbit this weekendCelebuzz wants to know – sound off in the comments. To get you ready for Jackson’s film, watch Celebuzz‘ list of 10 things you need to know about The Hobbit!

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‘Breaking Dawn’ to Batman, ‘Hunger Games’ to Hulk: 2012′s Biggest Box Office Hits (PHOTOS)

As far as movies go, 2012 was kind of a big deal.

This year, it felt like Hollywood believed in all of that “End of the World,” Mayan Calendar stuff, as studios released wave after wave of franchises like there was no tomorrow – and finding considerable box office success in the process.

Celebuzz rounds up the Top 10 biggest hits of the year. Which movie ranks No. 1? Read on to find out…

2012 delivered the end of the Twilight saga (for now) and the beginning of The Hunger Games. Threequels like Men in Black 3 and The Dark Knight Rises minted money, with the latter placing as one of 2012’s top five biggest earners.

At least 20 sequels entered the marketplace this year – more than ever before. Hollywood seemed to subsist solely on previously-established brands like James Bond and Spider-Man, or “intellectual property” like Hunger Games. In fact, only two films in the Top 10 this year are based on original ideas.

So what’s 2012’s biggest movie? In a minute. But first: This list reflects only the domestic grosses of theatrically-released films. (All box office figures are current as of press time.)

Which movie was your favorite this year? Sound off in the comments. And watch Celebuzz’ interview with the cast of one of 2012’s biggest hits, Breaking Dawn — Part 2below!

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‘Playing for Keeps’ vs. ‘Twilight’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

This weekend at the movies, it’s soccer-themed romantic comedy versus vampire-werewolf love story versus James Bond!

Gerard Butler‘s new movie, Playing for Keeps, is the sole new release arriving in theaters this weekend, where it will face-off against popular holdovers Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and Skyfall. Will the 300 star and his legion of soccer mom fans be enough to defeat Team Edward?

Celebuzz wants you to weigh in on this weekend’s battle at the box office.

Keeps casts Butler as a 40-something womanizer opposite Jessica Biel in this coming-of-age late in life story. Given Keeps‘ soft marketing push, Butler and his loyal fanbase face an uphill battle if they want to dethrone Breaking Dawn — Part 2 from the No. 1 spot, where it has reigned for the last three weeks.

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The real battle for No. 1 might once again be between Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and Skyfall, two of the biggest hits of the year.

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Daniel Craig‘s third outing as the super spy became the highest grossing Bond movie in both the U.S. and London this week, while the final Twilight film cleared over $700 million in international ticket sales. This weekend will most likely mark yet another successful frame for each franchise.

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Which movie will you see this weekend? Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Gerard Butler, and then choose your pick in the comments below!

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‘Breaking Dawn’ Vs. ‘Killing Them Softly’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

Brad Pitt‘s new movie, Killing Them Softly, is (literally) gunning after Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 for box office supremacy this weekend. But will Pitt in badass mode be enough to dethrone Bella and Team Edward?

Celebuzz wants you to weigh in on this weekend’s battle at the box office.

In one corner, Pitt reunites with his Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik for the gritty crime thriller Softly. The movie, based on the novel Cogan’s Trade, centers on Pitt’s pursuit of two crooks who thought it was a good idea to rob a Mob-backed card game.

This is Pitt’s first movie since last year’s Moneyball, and if the reviews are any indication, it looks like Softly will need more than putting a shotgun in Pitt’s hands to conquer the box office.

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Breaking Dawn — Part 2 enters its third frame as the movie to beat. Since opening on November 16, the final Twilight film has retained the number one spot at the box office, despite strong competition for holdover Skyfall, the highest-grossing James Bond movie in the U.S. 

Will Kristen StewartRobert Pattinson and a crazy amount of end-battle decapitations be enough to fend off the competition?

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Which movie will you see this weekend? Watch Celebuzz’ interview with the cast of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and then choose your pick in the comments below!

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‘Breaking Dawn’ Vs. ‘Killing Them Softly’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

Brad Pitt‘s new movie, Killing Them Softly, is (literally) gunning after Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 for box office supremacy this weekend. But will Pitt in badass mode be enough to dethrone Bella and Team Edward?

Celebuzz wants you to weigh in on this weekend’s battle at the box office.

In one corner, Pitt reunites with his Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik for the gritty crime thriller Softly. The movie, based on the novel Cogan’s Trade, centers on Pitt’s pursuit of two crooks who thought it was a good idea to rob a Mob-backed card game.

This is Pitt’s first movie since last year’s Moneyball, and if the reviews are any indication, it looks like Softly will need more than putting a shotgun in Pitt’s hands to conquer the box office.

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Breaking Dawn — Part 2 enters its third frame as the movie to beat. Since opening on November 16, the final Twilight film has retained the number one spot at the box office, despite strong competition for holdover Skyfall, the highest-grossing James Bond movie in the U.S. 

Will Kristen StewartRobert Pattinson and a crazy amount of end-battle decapitations be enough to fend off the competition?

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Which movie will you see this weekend? Watch Celebuzz’ interview with the cast of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and then choose your pick in the comments below!

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‘Breaking Dawn — Part 2′ Blows Away Competition But Falls Short of ‘Twilight’ Record

While no records were broken, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 easily won the weekend box office.

The fifth and final Twilight film opened with $141.3 million, just below Twilight: New Moon’s franchise-best tally of $142.8 million. Industry analysts were expecting the finale, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, to open with larger numbers.

In its second frame, Skyfall came in at No. 2 with $41.5 million. The 23rd James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig, has earned $161.3 million in 10 days, putting it on track to become the highest-grossing Bond film ever.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln grossed an impressive $21 million on only 1,775 screens, scoring the No. 3 spot. The Oscar-hopeful, backed with stellar reviews, is expected to fare well at the box office over the coming weeks.

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph added another $18.4 million to its total, good enough for fourth place. Flight, starring Denzel Washington, rounded out the Top 5 with $8.6 million.

Watch Celebuzz’ exclusive interview with Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s Daniel Cudmore.

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‘Breaking Dawn’ Star Ashley Greene Talks ‘Twilight’ Reboot: ‘I Always Though Rachel Leigh Cook Would Make a Cool Alice’

Is Ashley Greene ready to say goodbye to Alice Cullen now that the end of The Twilight Saga is near? She might have to be.

Earlier this year, rumors of a Twilight reboot hit the internet, and while the actress says she’ll “be jealous” if the saga gets remade, there’s only one actress she would like to see step into her role.

“I always thought Rachel Leigh Cook would make a cool Alice,” Greene told The Huffington Post. “She was rumored when the first Twilight was being made.”

In fact, Greene, 25, even pictured Cook, 33, in the part while she was reading Stephenie Meyer’s book series.

“Before I booked the role, they had all this stuff online about who Stephenie Meyer had in mind, and Rachel was the one on there where I thought, ‘Yeah, OK.’ That’s who I saw in my head,” added Greene.

But for now, the only thing on Greene’s mind is Breaking Dawn – Part 2 — and The Twilight Saga’s incredible fans.

“Seeing how we brought these characters to life and seeing how the fans respond to it and how passionate they are, it’s definitely a cool memory to have,” she said. “The whole journey has been really incredible.”

Meanwhile, the Seventeen cover girl told the teen magazine she’s worried the real-life romantic woes of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson might hurt the film.

“Hopefully it won’t taint [the movie] and people will still be able to enjoy it,” Greene said. “I think a lot of people see us as our characters. I really want them to still be able to do that.”

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As Kristen Stewart Says Goodbye to ‘Twilight’ in Style, Take a Look Back at Her Fashion Over the Years (GALLERY)

Kristen Stewart’s style has grown up right along with her Twilight character Bella.

From chunky highlights and tomboy attire to that infamous jet-black mullet (and leather pants and jacket to boot), to the bold, fashion-forward styles she’s been showing off lately, Stewart is primed to take a place among fashion A-listers as she says goodbye to the teen vampire saga.

Though she’s stayed true to her edgy, tomboy roots since stepping into the spotlight at the premiere of the first Twilight movie in 2008, the 22-year-old has experimented with her look, changing up her fashion, makeup and hair to promote each installment of the Twilight series.

We’ve loved following the actress’ fearless approach to fashion and beauty as her look has evolved over the past four years.

Recently, Stewart has shown off some of her best style yet, switching up her style in an array of different looks culminating in her stunning red carpet look at the Breaking Dawn Part II premiere in L.A. on Monday night.

And if Monday night was any indication, we can’t wait to see what else the face of Balmain’s latest fragrance wears as she travels the globe for her final set of Twilight premieres.

Click through our gallery for a closer look at Kristen Stewart’s look from Monday night’s Twilight premiere — plus, a look back at how her style has evolved over the years.

What do you think of Stewart’s look from Monday night? Weigh in below.

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‘Twilight Breaking Dawn — Part 2′ Premiere Fashion Hits and Misses: Red Carpet Recap (VIDEO & GALLERY)

The Twilight cast brought their best style yet for the premiere of the series’ final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, in L.A. last night.

From Kristen Stewart to Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed and more, Twilight‘s ladies kicked off their final promotional tour in style.

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But they weren’t the only ones to watch on the red carpet.

The film’s leading men – Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli –  also brought a heavy dose of red carpet style, in anything-but-basic suits.

And Tinsletown Twihards — including Julianne Hough, Amy Adams, Elle Fanning and Ashley Tisdale – also took to the red carpet to say goodbye to the beloved vampire series.

Celebuzz was there for all the red carpet action, and while we won’t reveal any secrets from the final Twilightflick, we do have all the juicy details about the night’s fashion.

What did the cast wear to kick off their final Twilight promotional tour? And who were the nights’ fashion winners — and style sinners?

Check out our red carpet recap for all the fashion hits and misses from the Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 premiere.

Who wore your favorite look of the night?

Catch up on more Twilight news in the video below.

‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′: Aussie Fans Share Their Journey to Los Angeles Premiere (VIDEO)

Twilight fans are making sure they’re first in line for Monday night’s L.A. premiere of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, with many traveling across the globe for the much-anticipated event.

Among them: a group of women from Down Under who left behind their children — and much more — to be among the first to see the final installment of Stephenie Meyers’ uber-successful series.

Amanda George, Lisa Trewren and Jessica Peachman — all in their late 20s — camped out for a chance to win a seat inside the Nokia Theatre, which will host Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, and other Twilight stars.

“I’m a single mom to a four-year-old boy… and I left him with my parents to come here,” said Trewren. “And my mom is battling breast cancer, and getting treatment while I’m here, so it’s a bit hard.”

 

That’s not all: in the days leading to the premiere, the three have doubled up to sleep in tents and awakened at the wee hours of the morning to shower at a nearby hotel. But there have been bright spots: the trio has bonded with fellow Twi-hards and enjoyed a Twilight film each night, group-led aerobic activities during the day, and surprise treats such as the “Berry Bitten Smoothie” specially created by Jamba Juice.

And their efforts have paid off: after setting up camp on Thursday morning,  George, Trewren and Peachman soon had a spot in the event deck after Rathbone himself ensured it. In honor of the star,  the women christened their group “Team Jack.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the Aussie Twi-hards — and see the tent-filled area that’s hosting countless others just like them!

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