2012 Box Office: Blockbusters, Bombs and Best of the Rest

With history's best opening ever — and the worst — 2012 was a roller-coaster year at the box office … at least it was never dull

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Prior to the release of “Argo,” director and star Ben Affleck said that he thought the thriller, based on the true story of the 1980 rescue of six diplomatic workers held hostage in Iran, would be a tough sell. He was wrong about that but right about everything else involving the movie; since opening in October, “Argo” has made more than $105 million domestically and the film, Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio are likely Oscar nominees.