The Straits Times
Published on Dec 24, 2012

Hobbit slays competition for second weekend in a row


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hordes of North American moviegoers flocked to theaters to watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, launching the Lord Of The Rings prequel to box office gold for the second weekend in a row.

Industry estimates said The Hobbit earned US$36.7 million (S$45 million) from Friday to Sunday.

In its opening weekend, the film scored US$84.6 million in the United States (US) and Canada, and US$138.2 million internationally, for an estimated global total of US$223 million, according to New Line Cinema, which said it was the biggest opening for any Lord Of The Rings film.

Box office watchers said it was the biggest December opening in motion picture history.