2012's biggest box office star isn't a hunky celebrity or a blonde bombshell -- it's the bow and arrow. Suddenly, everyone, from princesses to superheroes to hobbits, is picking up the sport of archery on-screen.
The trend is building steam off-screen, too. "All of a sudden sales of bows have, like, tripled," Paul Haines, a salesman at the Ramsey Outdoor store in Paramus, N.J. told the Associated Press last month.
"Katniss is so inspiring," 12-year-old Gabby Lee, who took up archery lessons after reading The Hunger Games, told Boston.com. "It feels really good because I'm usually the girl who sits and reads."
Here are five blockbusters featuring bow and arrows as their weapon-of-choice this year. Which 'archer' is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below or tweet your thoughts to @HuffPostTeen!
Heroine Katniss Everdeen uses archery to survive<em> The Hunger Games</em>. The first film of the trilogy was released on March 23, instantly skyrocketing to become the hottest movie of the year. To date, the film has earned nearly $400 million at the box office. <em>Catching Fire</em>, the next film in the series, starts production this summer.
This Marvel superheroes-themed blockbuster hit theaters on May 4. A group of superheroes is tasked to fight an alien invasion, including high-powered human Clint Barton, who moonlights as Hawkeye, the "World's Greatest Marksman." His skills allow him to take down the Hulk with a tranquilizer-tipped arrow.
<em>Snow White and the Huntsman</em> premieres this weekend; trust us when we say it isn't your typical take on the fairytale you grew up with. Snow White is trained in the art of war and can wields a deadly bow and arrow. The star-studded cast includes Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, and Chris Hemsworth as Eric, The Huntsman.
Disney-Pixar's first fairy tale, <em>Brave</em>, centers around a talented archer named Merida who defies an age-old custom in her tenth-century Scottish kingdom. When she turns to a witch for help, her kingdom becomes cursed - and it's up to Merida to save it. The 3D animated film's cast features Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane. It hits theaters later this summer on June 22.
Following the success of the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy, <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em> blasts into theaters on December 14 as the first of two prequels to the trilogy. The second film, <em>The Hobbit: There and Back</em>, will premiere December 2013. Several actors from the trilogy will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, ad Orlando Bloom. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins.