Hobbit shatters December box office

2012-12-18 09:24
London - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took $223m worldwide on its opening weekend.

The film - which stars Martin Freeman in the title role - made the highest-ever gross for a movie opening in the US in December, taking $84.8m, with the additional $138.2m coming from 56 worldwide territories.

Outside of America, the highest gross came in the UK, with $18.3m, and Germany, with $16.3m.

While the figure - which saw 49% of takings come through 3D sales - was lower than anticipated, studio bosses were still delighted.

'Inspired passionate fans'

Warner domestic distribution president Dan Fellman told Variety: "To accomplish this kind of opening with a big chunk of our audience (i.e., students) unable to go Friday is remarkable.

"It sets us up nicely for those glorious Christmas holiday weekdays."

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution at Warner, added: "This incredible journey has inspired passionate fans around the world, who could not wait to return to Middle-earth, this time with Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves.

"These impressive results speak to the universal appeal of this story."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey enjoyed the second-biggest ever opening for December globally, behind only Avatar, which took $242.5m worldwide in 2009.

The movie has yet to open in some major territories, including Russia, Australia and China.


  • sharkie.fin - 2012-12-18 10:25

    The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Three Books, three movies. The Hobbit. One book, three movies? WTF!

      lydonmcg - 2012-12-18 11:51

      I for one am not complaining. The more the merrier. It's not like they added a lot of fluff to this instalment unnecessarily.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-12-18 15:18

      Short men finally rule

      wayne.warren83 - 2012-12-18 16:47

      I didn't understand it at first either, but after you watch it you realise the method in the madness. by splitting the one book into 3 parts they manage to stay true to the book and are able to add a lot, almost all, of the details. Jackson learned after LOTR when endless forums and review sites blew up with complaints about things they left out in the movies. I think it was the right decision.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-18 10:46

    I read the bad press for this movie. Watched it for myself and it is fantastic. Keeps true to the LOTR trilogy, but still stands well on its own. Cannot wait for the next two instalments.

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