It's only been open for a day, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is already breaking records in North America! Hit the jump for all the details on this and the latest estimates for how Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth is set to perform this weekend.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to be the biggest Christmas release of all-time reports Deadline. According to their sources, Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth looks set to earn $37 million for yesterday and around $96 million for the weekend with an 'A' CinemaScore. While Warner Bros. are still being a little more conservative with their estimates, this is still the biggest opening Friday in December and biggest December weekend for the domestic box office ever. The film has already taken the top spot overseas with $27.3 million from 42 locations. It has so far earned $1.6 million on IMAX screens. According to "MovieTickets", advance ticket sales have seen 18% wanting to see the film in standard 3D, 8% in High Frame Rate 3D and 7% in IMAX 3D.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Orlando Bloom as Legolas

RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2012.

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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "Fantasy" 12/15/2012 Source: Deadline
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Darth258 - 12/15/2012, 4:06 AM
Watched it yesterday, it was amazing.
Karlel01 - 12/15/2012, 4:08 AM
I like, its a great movie so deserves the attention. Bring on Smaug
AmazingFantasy - 12/15/2012, 4:12 AM
You can't have anything direved from LOTR to fail.
HellsHammer - 12/15/2012, 4:12 AM
Friggin loved it!
RorMachine - 12/15/2012, 4:22 AM
Deserves to make all of the money.
ManofSteel23 - 12/15/2012, 4:29 AM
It didn't deserve all the negative reviews on rotten tomatoes,it was more entertaining that fellowship of the ring imo
SDR11 - 12/15/2012, 6:09 AM
The movie was great, but I didn't like the 48 FPS.
FrankieDedo - 12/15/2012, 6:21 AM
Critics saying that the movie is boring probably never read the book. cause the movie is slow in certain points because it HAS to be like that, the Hobbit is a growing-up story, so you can't make movies of 2 hours and more only with kills/explosion/action especially when you talk about Middle-Earth.
You have to go even with """boring""" things like songs, calm moments,riddles and explanation.
I preferred this one compared to the lotr trilogy, but it's different from that, so you can't really compare those.
The added content only make the hobbit better, so if movie that contained only the book contents would have been extraordinary, i sense that this trilogy would leave an even deeper mark than the lotr one.

An advice for everyone, read the book, if you don't have the fear to read something without the willing to be "adult" and "serious" but only a story of adventure and fantasy and growing-up. It's worth, even better the annotated version, it tells you a lot of things more that you'll appreciate. ;)
DukeAcureds - 12/15/2012, 6:39 AM
But the real question is how many are gonna pre-book the sequel? I bet the numbers drop by 50%.
HavocPrime - 12/15/2012, 7:14 AM
Loved it, going to see it again when I can, and I'm already hating the wait for the next one
SkullFace616 - 12/15/2012, 7:17 AM
Absolutely brilliant and far more entertaining than Fellowship!
BigDamnHero - 12/15/2012, 7:24 AM
Loved it! I don't understand why it's getting so many negative reviews.
CoulsonLives - 12/15/2012, 7:37 AM
It is for sure The Best Movie in my book. I loved this better than LOTR. I was only in the chapter of Tom, Bert and William so I didn't expect anything after that. Glad I didn't read the rest yet. I'm in Riddles in the Dark (My favorite)
vtopa - 12/15/2012, 7:37 AM
I hope it pulls in a billion world wide and shuts up all the detractors...
BonoDickinson - 12/15/2012, 7:44 AM
I saw Heaven!!!! It has a Hobbit!!!!
Quasimodo - 12/15/2012, 7:44 AM
Loved the movie!!
Ranger14 - 12/15/2012, 7:47 AM
Excellent news! Planning on going with a friend next week.
yourdaddy - 12/15/2012, 8:00 AM
film deserves all the money it makes. every penny.

it was [frick]ing phenomenal
bagadoosh - 12/15/2012, 8:13 AM
blown away !!!! I wish it was longer
jimpinto24 - 12/15/2012, 9:01 AM
The Hobbit was amazing!
JoeMomma29 - 12/15/2012, 9:08 AM
The movie was amazing, saw it yesterday with my boys and the time flew. The only compliant is that we have to wait another year for part two!!!!
devil - 12/15/2012, 9:34 AM
best movie of the year
gmckoy - 12/15/2012, 10:19 AM
when i saw it opening night, as it finished i told my friends it was better than fellowship, which says alot about this movie bc i love the lotr trilogy
Webhead007 - 12/15/2012, 10:33 AM
nucleargroundhog - 12/15/2012, 10:34 AM
The 3D in this film is actually awesome... first film I will go see in 3D a second time.
GAC - 12/15/2012, 11:06 AM
This movie can potentially beat the Avengers openning weekend of $207 million.
GAC - 12/15/2012, 11:07 AM
Great movie BTW....very much enjoyed it!
OrsonRandall - 12/15/2012, 11:20 AM
Great movie time flew by watching it, no pacing issues or boring bits at all for me. Every second as magical as the next.
Ceejay - 12/15/2012, 11:39 AM
Ignore critics, they don't know shit!
DTor91 - 12/15/2012, 11:42 AM
Well according to the comments here I'm in the minority, but I thought it was ok. It wasn't a bad movie by any means, but it does not live up to the LOTR trilogy in my opinion.
Fogs - 12/15/2012, 11:48 AM
I'm a Tolkien fanatic and I loved the movie.

The "slower" scenes were better than some action ones (like the goblin cave or stone giants ones) IMO.
Fogs - 12/15/2012, 11:50 AM
And that's because they're a bit over the top, seems the director and team were a bit carried away with the physics-defying action. LoTR was much more grounded. See, I'm not talking about the story here, but the action scenes.
Fogs - 12/15/2012, 11:51 AM
And I didn't care about the 48FPS (after 30 minutes or so. It's very weird at the beginning). Guess that's the future...
Ramiel - 12/15/2012, 12:22 PM
Loved the movie. And I loved the HFR. Middle-Earth never looked better.
SmellofDuty - 12/15/2012, 2:59 PM
Was busy last night, but I'm seeing it in a few hours. Can't wait!!
FireKnightRises - 12/15/2012, 8:57 PM
Awesome movie!! can't wait for the sequel next year
GLprime2814 - 12/15/2012, 9:14 PM
Going to see it again on Monday after work, shit was amazing.
ThatOneDude - 12/15/2012, 11:01 PM
Saw it yesterday.. Even though I'm not a big LOTR fan I gotta admit it was pretty entertaining
SugarYumYum - 12/15/2012, 11:14 PM
Just saw it an hour ago.

Didn't realize how many of these high brow critics actually have the attention spans of doorknobs. All the "it drags, it's boring, too much exposition" commentators can [frick]ing bite me, this movie is awesome!
norseman79 - 12/15/2012, 11:59 PM
The movie was [frick]ing amazing.

Critics blow dogs for quarters.
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