With the lowest box office gross in 16 years, 2011 was a year the movie industry would like to forget, despite a handful of mammoth hits. Will 2012 turn things around?
Time will tell, but there are no shortage of exciting films landing in theaters in the next 12 months. From action thrillers to rom-coms to 'tween fare, 2012 has it all!
That said, here's a look at 12 movies THG is particularly excited for this year:
12. Men in Black 3
Admit it, rolled your eyes when you first heard this was being made, but you're excited. Or you were just fist-pumping from the start. Either way, here they come!
11. The Bourne Legacy
Okay, we don't really care about seeing this. We just want to see if President Obama slams Jeremy Renner's performance at the White House Correspondents' dinner.
10. What to Expect When You're Expecting
Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Glee's Matthew Morrison make for easily the most-hyped must-see rom-com of the new year. J. Lo does it all, baby!
9. The Avengers
So many of your favorite Marvel superheroes in one film? America hasn't geeked out so hard since ... every other blockbuster of the last five years. Still, awesome!
8. Paranormal Activity 4
The low-budget, high-earning franchise just got the green light for a fourth installment due out late this year, and fans can't get enough. We're freaked out already!
7. World War Z
Fittingly, this Brad Pitt zombie-killing romp is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 21, 2012. Eat it, Mayan apocalypse calendar doomsday (and zombies)!
6. The Hobbit
Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth. We need not elaborate further, especially not after the trailer (above) raised already high expectations for the LOTR prequel.
5. Rock of Ages
Tom Cruise proved he's still got his box office mojo with M:I-4. Can that translate into success for this hair band-era epic? We'll be raising our lighters regardless.
4. The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Badass Bane's borderline inaudible voice. Christopher Nolan's final chapter. The hype and subplots are building by the day.
3. Snow White and the Huntsman
Charlize Theron is the reason to see this Kristen Stewart vehicle, though we have high hopes for K-Stew as the title character. Only reason she's not #1 and #2 here is ...
Will the adventures of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) become a new Twilight-esque book-to-film blockbuster franchise? Hard to imagine they won't. Speaking of ...
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2
It's hard to believe, but 2012 marks the end of an era for our favorite group of vampires and werewolves. Shriek in agony and pour out a little blood now.