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May 14, 2013 10:54 AM
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Cannes 2012 Recap: How Did Last Year's Edition Hold Up in the Shadow of One of the Festival's Most Successful?

"Moonrise Kingdom"
Going into last year's Cannes, we knew the crop of films had some mighty shows to fill. The 2011 edition of the festival resulted in one of the most successful Cannes slates ever, both in terms of the films' commercial success in America and how they played in awards season. (Don't get us wrong, in many ways these two things should not matter for the films that play at Cannes, but to some folks -- distributors, financiers -- they surely do.)

Three films in official competition in 2011 -- "Midnight in Paris," "The Artist" and "Drive" -- ended up grossing north of $35 million in North America, while the festival saw its world premieres win a whopping six Oscars from 19 nominations, including the best picture winner "The Artist." Cannes all of a sudden seemed as commercial and Oscar-friendly as Toronto.

So a year later, how does the follow-up edition to Cannes' mighty 2011 look? In terms of those comparable statistics: Two films -- "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Lawless" -- grossed over $35 million, and collectively the films from the festival scored a singular Oscar and seven nominations. All in all, it was definitely no 2011. But as we anticipate the kick-off of the 65th edition of the festival tomorrow, let's take a closer look back at what was a much more hit-or-miss lineup than the year that preceded it.

Continue to the next page for the top 10 grossing films to be theatrically released from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, with notes on how each film played out at the box office and over awards season.

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