Audiences were ready to explore Middle Earth once again, though the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey didn’t do nearly as well as many analysts predicted. Some in Hollywood thought the first in a trilogy of films based on the fantasy novel would take in $100 million in its first weekend. Instead An Unexpected Journey took in $84.7 million.
That was good enough to take the top spot at the box office and makes for the largest opening for a Middle Earth film so far. But when you factor in inflation, extra costs for IMAX and 3-D shows, the opening weekend was smaller than that of The Two Towers.
However, An Unexpected Journey should still do well at the box-office if previous December trends hold true. The film is predicted to make $300 million before its box office run is over.
In second place was the animated movie Rise of the Guardians with $7.4 million. Third place went to Lincoln with $7.2 million.
Last week’s top earning movie, Skyfall, fell to fourth with $7 million. The latest Bond film is the highest grossing entry in the franchise.
In fifth was Life of Pi with $5.4 million.