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The Hobbit Opens With $84.8m In US
And another $138.2m overseas

17 December 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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The Hobbit

It's a strange world we live in when a film can take $84.77m at the US box office and another $138.2m worldwide and be described as even a slight disappointment by analysts. But that's what's happened for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which has opened to what any other film would consider boffo box office.

The result was a December record, well above the $77.2m of I Am Legend a few years back. About $15m of the worldwide total came from IMAX screens.

Elsewhere, Rise Of The Guardians took $7.4m for second place and a total of $71.4m in the US so far, showing good legs (and good word-of-mouth) after a slow-ish start. Also displaying long rangy legs was Lincoln with $7.2m and $107.9m overall in the US after 6 weeks, a box-office tally that should help its awards chances (most Best Picture winners take over $100m worldwide).

Skyfall took $7m in fourth and now stands at $951m worldwide. If it sticks around just a few more weeks, we might see our first billion-dollar Bond.

Not quite so close behind was Life Of Pi with $5.4m, followed by the undying Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 with $5.2m. Wreck-It Ralph, Playing For Keeps and Red Dawn rounded out the US top ten, but you can see the full epic journey of the charts over at Box Office Mojo here.


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Legs
Typically the other movies in this franchise have all opened relatively modestly, so the bar is pretty level at this moment in time. Look at Avatar, the biggest movie of all time that opened to significantly lower figures, look what that went on to achieve. My prediction $295 million stateside $650 million elsewhere. More

Posted by kittybinks at 07:34 on 18 December 2012 | Report This Post

Disappointment?
How would anyone call this a disappointment? It has outperformed all previous December releases including all the LOTR films! It was released on a very sad weekend across the pond and during a Christmas run in where large numbers of people are borrowing money for presents and to put a Christmas dinner on the table. I'm sure all those involved are delighted with the outcome.... More

Posted by docc at 16:23 on 17 December 2012 | Report This Post

Longer films have limited numbers of showings in a day More

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