‘The Hobbit’ Breaks Records With $84.7M Weekend Opening

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Looks like a lot of moviegoers traveled back to Middle Earth this weekend.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey enjoyed a strong opening weekend at the box office, topping all other movies with more than $84.7 million in domestic ticket sales, Deadline reports.

The Peter Jackson picture also grossed some $75 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to more than $141 million.

The Hobbit’s first weekend earnings tops all previous three-day openings for the month of December. Will Smith’s 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend held the previous record with $77.2 million in ticket sales.

Rise of the Guardians and Lincoln came in at second and third place, grossing $7.4 million and $6.2 million, respectively.

Skyfall and Life of Pi round out the top five from this weekend’s box office.

According to Deadline, the Lord of the Rings prequel also broke a record overseas — in IMAX theaters — grossing an estimated $5 million in 126 IMAX locations.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey tells the epic tale of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his adventures involving Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Gollum (Andy Serkis). The film, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel of the same name, will be followed by two more pictures: The Desolation of Smaug (December 2013) and There and Back Again (July 2014).

Did you catch ‘The Hobbit’ this weekend? What did you think of the LOTR prequel? Weigh in below.

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