The Hobbit has surpassed Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in box office takings.
This past weekend saw the first part in Peter Jackson’s new Middle-Earth trilogy pass $939,859,000 worldwide. 69% of that is from ‘foreign’ takings, with American viewings accounting for $293.2million of the total figure. Domestically, the film stays below takings for the three Lord of the Rings films, but international markets have been huge for The Hobbit.
Return of the King remains the franchise leader, taking $1.19billion in total.
The next part of The Hobbit trilogy – The Desolation of Smaug – is due for release on December 13 2013.