The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made history as the biggest December opening of all time for its first week. The flick also stands as the highest first-weekend earner among Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films (without adjustments for inflation).
In a far second, the family friendly Rise of the Guardians earned $7.4 million. Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln placed a close third with $7.2 million.
Skyfall, the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, took in $7 million for forth. Life of Pi rounds out the top five with $5.4 million.