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'The Hobbit' Takes December Record on Imax Screens, Collects $15.1 Million

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Bilbo Running in Field - H 2012
Warner Bros. Pictures

The first installment in the Peter Jackson trilogy grossed $10.1 million from 326 domestic dates on opening weekend.

TORONTO – IMAX said Monday that New Line/MGM’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey brought in $15.1 million in opening-weekend box office, making director Peter Jackson’s fantasy epic its best-performing film in December.

The first installment in The Hobbit trilogy grossed $10.1 million from 326 domestic IMAX theaters.

The film also set an international December IMAX record, as it pulled in $5 million at 126 international theaters, including in Brazil, Spain, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.K.

"We are proud to have worked closely with our longtime partners at Warner Bros. and an accomplished filmmaker like Peter Jackson, who has created a story and visual spectacle ideal for the IMAX experience,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of Imax Filmed Entertainment.

IMAX supersized The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for release in its theaters.