Midweek Mouth-Off: The biggest film of 2012

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There’s nothing like a good pop culture debate…. Harnessing your extensive, never useless, geek knowledge and channeling it into a devastating argument.  Our sister gaming site Lazygamer has the Flamebait Friday Debate. Here at The Movies, starting from today, we have the movie-themed (duh!) Midweek Mouth-off.

Your first topic up for discussion: What’s the biggest film of 2012? Of course it’s not a competition, but if you could only throw your support behind one of 2012’s high profile releases, which would it be? What’s going to emerge as 2012’s King of the Box Office?

Going by online hype, these seem to be the big contenders: The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Amazing Spider-Man and, at the end of the year, The Hobbit. Which is it gonna be?

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Last Updated: January 25, 2012

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Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

  • I wold love it to be Prometheus, but it’s probably going to end up being Dark Knight Rises. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic just hitting all the right notes for me, but Chris Nolan’s Batman finale is still riding the massive tsunami wave of pop culture popularity created by Dark Knight and even if it turns out to be a stinker (which I sincerely doubt) people will still be turning out en masse to see it.

    Asking me to choose between the two though would be like asking me to choose between Chocolate and Ice Cream. It doesn’t matter which choice I make, I’ll still be grinning like an idiot with a dirty face.The only glittery fly in the ointment that I foresee is Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. Never underestimate the power of ignorant people in large groups.

    • Noelle Adams

       Oh crap, I forgot about Breaking Dawn – Part 2… although I think we’re pretty safe in thinking that one won’t win any great critical love.

      Given that we’ve had to endure endless revelations from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, and discussed the most ridiculous tiny details about the film (to the point of overkill frankly) I think that Batman 3 be the year’s biggest film. The combined force of the Nolanites and Batman fans will ensure it.

      Still though, I think The Avengers and The Hunger Games will give it a good run for its money.

      • Avengers is probably going to be its biggest rival. The Hunger Games may already have an established fan base of the books, but The Avengers is building on from 3 very popular movie franchises that features tons of big names.

        There’s a part of me that is really looking forward to the Hunger Games. I read thru all the books last year, and I know that the first book had some really great action moments. Sorta like The Running Man for teens. Coupled with the talented Jennifer Lawrence, it has the potential to be pretty good.

        However, the 2 sequel books devolved into a mushy, slit-wristed, emo angst fest. I had to literally force myself through it, and have no inclination to put myself through that torture again.

  • I did just see a trailer for the upcoming Snow White and I have to say it’s my black horse nomination for the title this year. It’s not likely seeing that twilight is coming and there are some epic movies in the pipe line but it really does look awesome

  • Warm Bodies or that Sweet Valley High movie. Can’t decide which will be better.

    • Warm Bodies blew my mind, I really hadn’t realised that Hollywood had stooped so low. but apparently they hit the floor and just kept on going

  • The Raid looks magnificent, but I think the Hobbit. And the Dark Knight Rises. And Prometheus. 

    Don’t make me choose!

    PS. This is probably old news but has anyone read the intro in the pamphlet thing of the Alien Anthology Blu-ray collection? It’s written by Ridley Scott and gives a little more insight into the upcoming movie.

    • I fervently hope that The Raid will make it big, but I just don’t see a foreign language kung fu movie with no real star power making that much of an impact. It will probably be another Ong Bak. Ferociously supported by those who see it, but completely off the radar of most of the film going public.

      • Without a doubt. Hopefully we even get to see it. I don’t see this showing anywhere else but Prive or Nouveau though. What a pity.

  • The Dark Knight Rises will top the 2012 box office, no question about it. None of the Batman films thus far have failed to make a profit at the box office and that includes Batman and Robin, the kakkest of the lot. You have to try really, really, really hard to make a studio Batman film that will fail at the B.O.
    So basically, it will make money no matter what.

    Couple that with the fact that it’s Nolan Batman films which have generated a following based not only on them being Batman films but also Nolan films. The guy doesn’t seem capable of making shit movies.

    As for The Avengers, I think it’ll do well at the B.O. but if Marvel or Paramount don’t stop mucking about and actually put together a campaign that involves more than a trailer and pictures of the characters posing, then they might run the risk of seeing disappointing returns compared to what it could potentially do

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