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“The Hobbit” breaks December record with $84.8 million opening weekend


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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has done something decidedly expected: The Peter Jackson movie took the record for biggest December opening weekend.

Considering all the hype for the newest chapter in Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” saga, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the film made $84.8 million during its first three days of release. It passed the previous record holder easily, as 2007’s “I Am Legend” had held the title with its $72.6 million opening weekend.

“The Hobbit” dominated the box office this weekend, as “Rise of the Guardians” came in second place with $7.4 million, “Lincoln” came in third with $7.2 million, “Skyfall” dropped from first to fourth with $7 million and “Life of Pi” rounded out the top five with $5.4 million.

Of course, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” had a little help that the three “Lord of the Rings” movies didn’t have. It was released in 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D and 48 frames-per-second and, though the higher frame rate didn’t include a higher price tag, those formats definitely contributed to “The Hobbit’s” broken record. Around 49 percent of the film’s box office total came from its 3D showings.

It remains to be seen whether the first “The Hobbit” film will do as well as the three “Lord of the Rings” movies. Those all made more than $300 million domestic, and “An Unexpected Journey” seems on track to do the same.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” tells the first part of Bilbo Baggins’ epic adventure from Hobbiton to the Lonely Mountain. Along the way, he’ll befriend dwarves, face off against goblins, meet a dragon and discover the One Ring that will change his life forever.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is due in theaters on December 13, 2013, while “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” comes out July 18, 2014.

Did you see “The Hobbit” opening weekend? What did you think? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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