A Banner Year at the Mexican Box Office

The Avengers

Worldwide Gross: $1.51 billion

The ensemble pic that brought together some of the most popular superheroes in film today is the big box office winner of 2012. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Avengers is the No. 3 film of all time behind Avatar ($2.8 billion) and Titanic ($2.2 billion), both from James Cameron.


Sales and admissions at all-time high.

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico, one of the world's top moviegoing markets, saw yet another record year in box office receipts and admissions.

Sales in 2012 rose 8.8% to nearly 10.7 billion pesos (about $845 million) as theaters here sold 229 million tickets, representing an admissions increase of 21 million compared with 2011.

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The exhibition sector got a huge boost from the Disney release The Avengers, which became Mexico's highest-grossing film ever. The Marvel superhero extravaganza raked in about $65 million, according to a year-end report from the Mexican Film Chamber. The Avengers also set a record as the first theatrical release to surpass the $200-million mark in Latin America.

Among domestic releases, Carlos Bolado's thriller Colosio: El Asasinato (Colosio: The Assassination) topped the charts with about $4.4 million. Following close behind was the 20th Century Fox release of the Andy Garcia-starrer Cristiada (For Greater Glory). 

Mexico added 188 screens last year, bringing the nationwide screen count to 5,360. Leading theater chain Cinepolis claims Mexico ranks fourth worldwide in terms of number of screens.