thehobbitThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took an $84.8M at the U.S. box office in the opening weekend.

The first of Peter Jackson’s three-part “Lord of the Rings” prequel breaks the December record. It beats sci-fi film I Am Legend (2007) with $77.2M earnings, followed by Avatar (2009) with $77M.

In the international movie ground, The Hobbit earned $223M in the first 5 days worldwide, as reported by Warner Bros.

“The best we were hoping for was to reach or exceed the $77m set by that movie and we did it by quite a lot. It was all good and we’re very happy about it,” Dan Fellman, president of the Warner Bros theatrical distribution said.

“You have to assume that by the time this first week is over we are going to have around $110 million in the bank before the holiday even starts,”

The Hobbit, based on JRR Tolkien’s novel, is a story of the journey of dwarves trying to get their mountain home back with the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. This film is starred by Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis. The rest of the trilogy are to be released in December 2013 and July 2014.

Here is the North America Box-Office for the weekend:

1. The Hobbit: $84.8 million

2. Rise of the Guardians: $7.4 million

3. Lincoln: $7.2 million

4. Skyfall: $7.0 million

5. Life of Pi: $5.4 million