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December 16, 2012

'Hobbit' bests 'Rings' with $84.8 million opening

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous “Lord of the Rings” films.

The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, according to studio estimates yesterday. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” also passed the December opening of “Avatar,” which opened with $77 million. Internationally, “The Hobbit” also added $138.2 million, for an impressive global debut of $223 million.

“The Hobbit” was far and away the biggest draw in theaters, with no other new wide release. Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians” continued to draw the family crowd, with $7.4 million, bringing its cumulative total to $71.4 million. The Oscar contender “Lincoln” from Walt Disney crossed the $100 million mark, adding another $7.2 million to bring its six-week total to $107.9 million. And Sony’s James Bond film “Skyfall,” with another $7 million domestically, drew closer to a global take of $1 billion.

The box office continued to be on the upswing and with anticipated releases like “Les Miserables,” ‘‘Django Unchained” and “The Guilt Trip” approaching in the holiday moviegoing season. Dergarabedian expects the year to break the 2009 record of $10.6 billion. With some $10.2 billion in revenue thus far, he said, “We’re on track to be in that realm.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today.

1. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $84.8 million ($138.2 million international).

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $7.4 million ($20.1 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $7.2 million.

4. “Skyfall,” $7 million ($12.2 million international).

5. “Life of Pi,” $5.4 million ($11.5 million international).

6. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” $5.2 million ($13 million international).

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $3.3million ($4.7 million international).

8. “Playing for Keeps,” $3.2 million ($1.4 million international).

9. “Red Dawn,” $2.4 million.

10. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $2 million ($370,000 international).

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