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'The Hobbit' Shatters December Opening Record on Box Office

December 17, 2012 (1:23 am) 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'.
'The Hobbit' Shatters December Opening Record on Box Office

"" 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 "" which collected $125.9 million in 2003. "The Hobbit" breaks the record previously held by 's "" 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 "" which picks up $7.1 million for a total cume of $71.3 million in its fourth week. Steven Spielberg's "", meanwhile, enters the third place with $7 million, dropping less than 19% from last week.

After returning to the top spot last week, "" 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 "" which adds $5.4 million for its $69.5 domestic cume.

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

  1. "" - $84.6 million
  2. "" - $7.1 million
  3. "" - $7 million
  4. "" - $6.5 million
  5. "" - $5.4 million
  6. "" - $5.1 million
  7. "" - $3.2 million
  8. "" - $3.1 million
  9. "" - $2.4 million
  10. "" - $2.1 million


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