The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has slain the all-time US box office record for December.
The adaptation of JRR Tolkien children’s classic bought in $84.8 million (£52.4 million), erasing the previous December record held by I Am Legend.
In international markets the film, which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, made an additional $138 million (£85.3 million) bringing its total to $223 million (£137.8 million) in all so far.
Peter Jackson and Warner Bros had originally planned The Hobbit big screen adaptation to be a two-parter, but it will now be a trilogy. The third part, The Desolation of Smaug, will be a summer 2014 release.
Compared to the Lord of the Rings triology, The Hobbit has so far been less well-received by critics – with the film’s HFR format (‘high frame rate’ or 48-frames per second picture) being a dividing factor.
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