After a huge Friday opening, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" continued to shine at the box office, making $84.7 million across 4,045 theaters this weekend. THR reports that this total makes "The Hobbit" the highest December weekend gross ever. The Peter Jackson film beat out former record holder, "I Am Legend," which made $77.2 million over its opening weekend in 2007. Starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" also received an A CinemaScore from audiences.
"Rise of the Guardians" and "Lincoln" made significantly less than "The Hobbit," but took the number two and three spots, respectively. Holiday flick "Rise of the Guardians" made $7.4 million across 3,387 theaters this weekend. The animated DreamWorks film has made $71.3 million to date. Daniel Day-Lewis' "Lincoln," saw a weekend total of $7.2 million, bringing its domestic gross to $107.8 million.
Other films that saw box office success were "Skyfall" and "Life of Pi," coming in at number four and five, respectively. "Skyfall" made $7 million this weekend, for a total domestic gross of $272.3 million. Worldwide, "Skyfall" has now made $951 million. Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" brought in $5.4 million, for a total of $69.5 million since its release.
Absent from the list is the latest "Twilight" movie, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which slipped out of the top five for the first time. "Twilight" made $5.1 million, making its total domestic gross $276.8 million.