The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of director Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic, broke December box office records over the weekend, raking in nearly $84.8 million domestically. The film also did big business in foreign markets, adding a whopping $138.2 million to bring the worldwide to $223 million. The Hobbit also broke IMAX records both here and abroad.
With the holiday-themed Rise of the Guardians, Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln and the latest James Bond film Skyfall all earning around $7 million this weekend and Life of Pi taking in $5.4 million, The Hobbit made over three times more money than all four combined.
While all the other major studios shied away from competing with the New Line/MGM/Warner Bros. release, that’s not the case this week, as a whole slate of films are dropping: In addition to seeing The Hobbit again, theater-goers will be able to check out Judd Apatow’s This is 40, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty in New York and LA, Tom Cruise’s revenge actioner Jack Reacher, the Seth Rogen/Barbara Streisand comedy The Guilt Trip, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away and the 3D re-release of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.