For all the hype, Sir Peter Jackson's Hobbit film
rated only third on Kiwi movie-goers' excitement meters,
beaten by vampires and superheroes.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had the
third-biggest opening this year in New Zealand, behind
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which took the
top spot, making $2.24 million during its first four days,
and The Avengers, which made $2.38 million this year.
The first of Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has taken
the year's third place, making $2.036 million last weekend.
The Hobbit was also beaten by The Lord of the
Rings: Return of the King, which brought in $2.69 million
the first weekend it was released in 2003 and retained the
third-place title for the overall best opening weekend. The
overall top opening weekend went to Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The Hobbit was seventh.
The Hobbit set a December record in North America,
pulling in $US84.77 million ($101 million), and US$223
million ($265.7 million) internationally for the opening
- Nikki Preston