Little Bilbo Baggins is making quite the mark on his opening weekend. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, dominated the box office this weekend, grossing a massive $84.8 million in its first three days and setting a new record for best December debut. The release crushed the previous record-holder, I Am Legend, which brought in $77.2 million during its 2007 debut. It’s good news for Hobbit lovers, but the film still has a way to go if it wants to contend with the Lord of the Rings series, which brought in hundreds of millions between its 2001-2003 releases. Skyfall was bumped out of first place and down to fourth for the weekend, but still has an astounding total gross of $951 million worldwide. Bond vs. Baggins is the type of showdown we'd like to see.
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