“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was, predictably, the one to rule them all at the weekend box office. The first leg of Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy took in a record-breaking $87.4 million, the largest December three-day open of all time.
The “Lord of the Rings” prequel beat out previous champ “I Am Legend,” which held the record at $77.2 million, and former series leader “The Return of the King,” which bowed at $73.3 million. It should be noted, however, that IMAX and 3-D surcharges factored heavily in the record, since total ticket sales for “An Unexpected Journey” fell short of both films.
“Rise of the Guardians” continued to hold-on in second place, taking in an additional $7.4 million, with “Lincoln” close behind at $7.2 million.
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