The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Sets December Record with $84.8 million

6 years ago by Reg Seeton

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey makes its debut on theaters on December 14, 2012 – Photo: New Line/MGM

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set a new box office record for the month of December over the weekend with $84.8 million in estimated ticket sales.

Although critics weren’t quite as receptive to The Hobbit, moviegoers flocked to the J.R.R. Tolkien based Lord of the Rings prequel in droves to the box office tune of $84.8 million. The Hobbit got off to a great start with $13 million from midnight screenings this week before taking in $37.5 million on Friday.

Between Friday and Monday, The Hobbit will have earned an estimated $47 million at the weekend box office for a total of $84.8 million to set the record for the highest grossing December film in history, surpassing the $77 million earned by I Am Legend in 2007.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the gap between critics and fans at Although critics give The Hobbit 65%, the fans have the LOTR prequel at 81%. Are critics out of step with moviegoers when it comes to The Hobbit? Some yes, others no.

“Precisely what an adventure epic should be,” said Scott Weinberg of GeekNation, “huge, long, and lots of fun.”

On the other hand, Pete Vonder Haar of the Houston Press felt the exact opposite. “I prefer my movies to be more entertainment than ordeal,” said Vonder Haar about The Hobbit.

Either way, with $84.8 million already in the box office bank, it doesn’t matter what anyone says about The Hobbit.

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!