The Hobbit Tops US And UK Box Office
Latest Middle Earth romp breaks records on both sides of the Atlantic...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has vaulted to the top of the US Box Office on its opening weekend, setting a new December record in the process with ticket sales of $84 million.
The previous December record for three-day earnings was held by The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which took $73.3 million back in 2003.
Rise Of The Guardians spent its second week in the No 2 spot, with a comparatively paltry $7.4m - while last week's No 1 Skyfall fell to No 4.
And Pater Jackson's latest visit to JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth fantasy world has also dominated in the UK after opening last week, grabbing 62 per cent of the total with sales of £11.3m.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the UK was the largest market for the film outside the US.
IMAX revealed separately that the movie made a new December record for the UK - as well as for Brazil, Spain, Singapore, Turkey and the Ukraine.