Box Office: "The Hobbit" Makes Expected Journey to the Top Spot

Posted Sunday December 16, 2012 9:49 AM GMT

With the long wait finally over, entertainment seekers flocked to their local cinemas in the droves while helping "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" claim the top spot at the box office for the weekend of December 14-16, 2012.

The Peter Jackson directed tale of Bilbo Baggins piled up first day sales of $37 million to break the December record for Friday earnings while taking in a U.S. December weekend best of $84.8 million.

Suffering at the hands of "The Hobbit" mania, "Skyfall" slipped to a distant second place standing after mustering a $2 million Friday - with the Daniel Craig fronted Bond thriller winding up with $7 million for it's sixth weekend in theaters.

Rounding out the box office in weekend earnings are Dreamworks Animations' "Rise of the Guardians" ($ 7 million) in third, followed by the historical drama "Lincoln" ($6.7 million) in fourth and Fox's "Life of Pi" ($5.4 million) in fifth.

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