Hollywood has a lot to live up to in 2013. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported that domestic ticket sales reached the highest number ever in 2012, tallying a whopping $10.8 billion. That's great news, considering that the same figures for 2011 brought box office statistics to a 16-year low. Credit goes to juggernauts like The Avengers (domestic gross: $623 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million), The Hunger Games ($408 million), Ted ($219 million), and Skyfall ($292 million, and counting).

Should moviegoers expect another record-breaking stretch of flicks? To keep it real, skepticism is more realistic. Looking ahead at the next 12 months, there certainly won't be a shortage of interesting, exciting motion pictures, but very few jump out as the next Avengers. And, truthfully, it's all good. As long as films on par with the 25 best of 2012 debut, passionate cinephiles won't care much about dollar signs, nor should they. Instead, concern yourselves with The 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013.

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Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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