The Hobbit Tops Box Office, Breaks December Records

(Warner Bros.)

By Daniel Gates


(Warner Bros.)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won the weekend box office easily, and also became the biggest December debut in history.

The first installment of Peter Jackson’s new fantasy trilogy earned $84.8 million in its opening weekend, which breaks the $77 million December debuts for I Am Legend and Avatar in previous years.

Rise of the Guardians came in a very distant second with $7.4 million, while Lincoln finished in third with $7.2 million.

Fourth and fifth places went to Skyfall and Life of Pi, which had ticket sales of $7 million and $5.4 million, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 were The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 ($5.2 million), Wreck-It Ralph ($3.3 million), Playing for Keeps ($3.2 million), Red Dawn ($2.4 million) and Silver Linings Playbook ($2.1 million).

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