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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 12/17/2012

‘The Hobbit’ easily tops box office, earns $84.8 million

Dean O’Gorman as Fili and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” (Mark Pokorny - MARK POKORNY)
Over the weekend, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” easily claimed its spot at No. 1 at the box office, earning $84.8 million in its opening weekend and becoming the biggest December opening ever. The film handily surpassed both “I Am Legend” ($77.2 million) and “Avatar” ($77 million) for the record. It was also a bigger opening than Peter Jackson’s last “Lord of the Rings” movie, “The Return of the King,” which made $72.6 its opening weekend (the AP has more info).

The film didn’t fare quite as well with critics as it did at the box office. While previous “Lord of the Rings” films earned Golden Globe nominations and even one Best Picture Oscar, reception of “The Hobbit” has been lukewarm at best. Post critic Ann Hornaday called the film “a disappointment, a dreary, episodic series of lumbering walk-talk-fight sequences.”

Here are the top 10 movies at the box office:

1. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $84.8 million

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $7.4 million

3. “Lincoln,” $7.2 million

4. “Skyfall,” $7 million

5. “Life of Pi,” $5.4 million

6. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2,” $5.2 million

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $3.3 million

8. “Playing for Keeps,” $3.2 million

9. “Red Dawn,” $2.4 million

10. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $2.1 million

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