'The Hobbit' sets new December box office record in US

Peter Jackson's new Tolkien epic enjoys the best December opening weekend ever

'The Hobbit' sets new December box office record in US

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has set a new US box office record in its opening weekend.

Since arriving in US cinemas last Friday (December 14), Peter Jackson's first The Hobbit film has raked in $84.8 million (£52.4 million) - the highest three-day total of all-time in the month of December.

The previous December three-day opening record was set by I Am Legend, which earned $77.2 million (£47.7 million) in its first weekend in December 2007. Jackson's last Tolkien epic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, took $72 million (£44.5 million) in its opening weekend in December 2003.

Meanwhile, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned a further $138.2 million (£85.4 million) overseas for a worldwide three-day total of $223 million (£137.8 million). Back in 2003, The Return of The King's global opening weekend total came in at a slightly lower $197.9 million (£122.3 million).

Despite its record-breaking start, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives too late in the year to challenge for the title of 2012's biggest film. Since its release in May, The Avengers has taken over $1.5 billion (£930 million) worldwide, placing it way ahead of The Dark Knight Rises, which is is second with $1.08 billion (£670 million), and Skyfall, currently third with $951 million (£587 million).


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