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'The Hobbit' Shatters December Opening Record on Box Office

December 17, 2012 01:23:09 GMT

Debuting with $84.6 million, 'An Unexpected Journey' becomes the biggest grosser ever for a December release, breaking the record previously held by 'I Am Legend'.


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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" sets the bar high on December box office with its record-breaking opening. The Middle Earth tale shatters this week's competition on the North American box office by scoring $84.6 million, which is the biggest three-day weekend gross ever for a December release.

Overseas, the first chapter of the Peter Jackson-directed fantasy trilogy has already raked in $223 million, beating Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" which collected $125.9 million in 2003. "The Hobbit" breaks the record previously held by Will Smith's "I Am Legend" which debuted to $77.2 million during the first weekend in December 2007.

Receiving a glowing "A" CinemaScore, "The Hobbit" attracts to 58% audience over the age of 25. Around 57% of the ticketbuyers are males. Commenting on the success, Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution, Dan Fellman, says, "It is great to see Peter's fans return, along with a new generation of that is embracing Middle Earth. We expect a long and exciting run."

Securing the runner-up spot is family film "Rise of the Guardians" which picks up $7.1 million for a total cume of $71.3 million in its fourth week. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", meanwhile, enters the third place with $7 million, dropping less than 19% from last week.

After returning to the top spot last week, "Skyfall" falls to the fourth place with an estimated $6.5 million. In its sixth week of playing Stateside, the James Bond movie bags a total gross of $272.3 million. Rounding up the top five is Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" which adds $5.4 million for its $69.5 domestic cume.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for December 14 - 16:

  1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - $84.6 million
  2. "Rise of the Guardians" - $7.1 million
  3. "Lincoln" - $7 million
  4. "Skyfall" - $6.5 million
  5. "Life of Pi" - $5.4 million
  6. "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part II" - $5.1 million
  7. "Wreck-It Ralph" - $3.2 million
  8. "Playing for Keeps" - $3.1 million
  9. "Red Dawn" - $2.4 million
  10. "Silver Linings Playbook" - $2.1 million


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posted by cortiz98 on Dec 17, 2012
thats just the first weekend imagin the next couple of weeks that could possibly beat the avengers
posted by Redbone33 on Dec 16, 2012
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