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The 15 most impressive* box office performances of 2012 so far

We’re officially halfway through 2012, and if you’re an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it’s also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That’s My Boy, but we’ll save that for another time…)

There have been loads of strong performers with sensible budgets, so it was difficult to whittle down the slate (sorry, Safe House and Contraband, you were thisclose to making the cut!), but whittle I did. Thus, here is my totally-up-for-debate list of the 15 Most Impressive* Box Office Performances of 2012… so far. READ FULL STORY

'October Baby' director Jon Erwin on his movie's surprising box office performance

October-Baby

The Hunger Games wasn’t this weekend’s only box office success story. As Katniss Everdeen fought for her freedom on screens across the country, a humble pro-life film called October Baby quietly opened in just 390 theaters. That modest release, which co-stars Jasmine Guy and John Schneider, ended up earning a cool $1,718,000 — enough to put it among the weekend’s top eight earners.

“Yeah, I was surprised,” October Baby co-director Jon Erwin laughs, speaking to EW via cell phone. He helmed the movie with his brother Andrew. “We didn’t make the film because we wanted some sort of big box office return — we were just passionate about the subject matter.”

That subject matter is fairly controversial. The film is sort of like a pro-life take on Crossroads — like that 2002 Britney Spears vehicle, October Baby follows a young girl (Rachel Hendrix) who embarks on a road trip to find her birth mother. The twist: The protagonist learns that she was adopted after said birth mother tried to abort her.

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