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The Lord of the Rings movies are some of the biggest blockbusters of all time. All three titles are featured in the top 35 highest grossing domestic film of all time, and even when adjusted for inflation they still make the top 80. While things could change, as of now it looks as though The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won't have quite the same success as Peter Jackson's previous Tolkien adaptations, but it certainly is making a lot of money very fast.
Warner Bros. has revealed that following its record breaking opening weekend - now the highest single weekend earner in the month of December - the film has passed the century mark at the domestic box office, officially making more than $100 million in ticket sales. Adding significantly to that total is the foreign numbers, where the movie has already made $138 million, bringing its total sum after five days to $238 million.
In a statement about the milestone Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros., said, "We were very gratified by the A CinemaScore rating, which has translated into extremely strong word-of-mouth, making this a must-see film for the whole family. We anticipate that this overwhelmingly positive response from moviegoers will carry the film through the holiday and beyond." The movie has fared less well with critics, as it stands at a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Usually there's a drop of about 60% in a movie's box office totals in the second week of release, so it will be interesting to see how The Hobbit does, particularly because of it's 3D and IMAX screenings. It certainly faces a good amount of competition, with This is 40, Jack Reacher, On The Road, Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, The Impossible and Not Fade Away all coming to theaters, so we'll just have to see how it plays out Sunday night.