“The Hobbit” Opens to Record Numbers at the Box Office

The-Hobbit-Movie-PosterPeter Jackson‘s holiday behemoth, The Hobbit, finally opened this weekend and the fans were pretty thrilled. Not only was audience reaction good (I gave the incredibly entertaining film an “A-“ grade), but it broke box office records taking in $84.7 million for the best December opening in history. The prequel to the massive Lord of the Rings trilogy may not be the Oscar bait many thought it would be, but it is likely to be just as big of a hit as the first three films. Watch for huge grosses throughout the next few holiday weeks… Getting swamped by The Hobbit, but holding up well enough were Rise of the Guardians showing strong legs and Golden Globe front-runner Lincoln which passed $100 million giving Daniel Day-Lewis his first film to hit the century mark…. Grosses across the board should hold up well as many people are off work and out of school throughout the next 3 weeks, so stay tuned for more record breakers. In the meantime, check out the new top ten below and head to Box Office Mojo for more.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB $84,775,000 – 4,045 – $20,958 $84,775,000 – 1
2 2 Rise of the Guardians P/DW $7,420,000 -28.7% 3,387 -252 $2,191 $71,362,000 $145 4
3 4 Lincoln BV $7,244,000 -18.8% 2,285 +271 $3,170 $107,898,000 $65 6
4 1 Skyfall Sony $7,000,000 -35.1% 2,924 -477 $2,394 $272,366,000 $200 6
5 5 Life of Pi Fox $5,400,000 -35.2% 2,548 -398 $2,119 $69,559,000 $120 4
6 3 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Sum. $5,175,000 -43.5% 3,042 -604 $1,701 $276,865,000 $120 5
7 7 Wreck-It Ralph BV $3,273,000 -32.6% 2,249 -497 $1,455 $168,779,000 $165 7
8 6 Playing for Keeps FD $3,247,000 -43.5% 2,840 +3 $1,143 $10,838,000 – 2
9 8 Red Dawn (2012) FD $2,394,000 -43.5% 2,250 -504 $1,064 $40,889,000 $65 4
10 11 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $2,084,000 -4.0% 371 – $5,617 $16,954,000 $21 5

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