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Box Office Heights Reflected in IMDB

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set a new US box office record for a December opening, grossing an estimated  $84.8 million last weekend.

The film opened in 56 countries and was hit world-wide, with $138.2 million being taken in box offices across the globe, bringing the total to $223 million!

Not suprisingly, as many of us are curious about it, the 3-D HFR version of the film showed the strongest takings.  In IMAX theaters, for instance, the 3-D HFR version averaged $44,000 per screen versus $31,000 for traditional 3-D reports EOnline

Films released in December do not tend to make the nine-figure openings of those blockbusters released in May, July or November, but the figures are expected to remain strong as children break up from school.  Exit polls at the weekend showed audiences rated the film as A with children and teenagers rating it more highly as A-plus.

Interestingly, though, The Hobbit grossed $37.5 million on Friday and $28.2 million on Saturday in the US, a drop of some 25 percent.

Exhibitor Relations box-office analyst Jeff Bock called the drop in business  a “concern,”  but still saw the movie running up a $300 million US gross, roughly the equivalent of the first Lord of the Rings movie, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Meanwhile, over on IMBD the film and cast are also going strong.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey holds on to the number one slot with a star rating from audiences of 8.6 and four of the cast are in the starmeters top ten.

Martin Freeman (Bilbo) is up 7 places to number 2
Richard Armitage (Thorin) has rocketed up from 68 to number 4
Benedict Cumberbatch (Necromancer/Smaug) is at 5
Ian McKellen (Gandalf) jumps from 40 to 9.

Aidan Turner (Kili), who came in to the top 500 for the first time last week is now at 23, but Dean O’Gorman (Fili) has leapt up 951 to number 65. Andy Sekis is up at 69, Ken Stott (Balin) at 85 and Graham McTavish (Dwalin) is at 94.



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  1. These are very interesting numbers, Evie, and as we look at the aftermath of our own numbers (My Middle Earth) in relation to The Hobbit, I am guessing we are going to see them spring ahead, too!