'The Hobbit' makes exceedingly large amounts of money
While it's safe to assume there was never any sense that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit series would be a box office bomb, it's also fair to say there was some concern as to whether or not moviegoers would flock to the films with the same enthusiasm they showed his Lord Of The Rings trilogy ten years ago.
Whether it was the early reports of the footage looking "like shit", worries about whether or not the cinemas could handle the new 48fps technology, or simply wondering if there was enough in a slim, if beloved, children's book to stretch for three films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey didn't necessarily enter the Holiday Cinemadome as top contender.
Well, if you picked An Unexpected Journey in your Christmas box office sweepstakes (because that's what all the cool people do, don't you know), your meat tray awaits you.
The final tickets stats from January 1st remain to be seen, but at this point in its release, An Unexpected Journey is this holidays' undisputed box office champ, both domestically (in the US) and abroad.
According to The Hollywood Reporter holiday roundup, An Unexpected Journey "took in $7 million for a domestic total of $228.6 million". Internationally, it's still #1, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey commanded the No. 1 spot with a weekend gross of $106.5 million at some 16,600 screens in 62 markets, raising the film’s overseas gross total to $464 million".
On the local front, the first instalment in the trilogy pulled in "$6.1 million, the biggest Boxing Day gross on the books and the third-biggest opening day of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part I and The Avengers." Straya!
In other words, it's likely cigars all 'round at Warner Bros., New Line and WingNut as they ring in 2013. Let's celebrate with ten hours of "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!"
As for the 2011 box office washup, Joss Whedon's The Avengers was the winner, eventually bringing in $1.5 billion to make it the third highest grossing film of all time, after James Cameron's Avatar (#1) and Titanic (#2). It was followed closely by The Dark Knight Rises, with $1.08 billion.