Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took first place on Tuesday with $7.86 million and in the process crossed the $100 million domestic milestone. The Peter Jackson directed 3D fantasy film has grossed $100.21 million through five days of release. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers also took five days to reach the $100 million milestone, while 2001's The Fellowship of the Ring took eight days to reach the milestone and 2003's The Return of the King reached the milestone in just four days. It should also be reminded that unlike The Hobbit, the films of the Lord of the Rings trilogy didn't have the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions.
The Hobbit increased 1 percent over Monday on Tuesday. That represented a stronger first Tuesday hold than that of 2007's I Am Legend, which fell 13 percent to gross $6.50 million on its first Tuesday, though Tuesday grosses in general are stronger today than they were back in 2007. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is currently running 10 percent stronger than the $91.18 million five-day take of I Am Legend and 2 percent softer than the $102.05 million five-day start of The Two Towers.
Lincoln held steady in second place with $0.934 million. The Steven Spielberg directed drama was up 16 percent over Monday and down a slim 1 percent from last Tuesday. Continued strong word of mouth, expanding into an additional 271 locations this past Friday and the film's recent Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama are all helping contribute to strengthened holding power this week. Lincoln has grossed $109.43 million to date, as the film continues to exceed expectations.
Skyfall grossed $0.885 million to remain in third on Tuesday. The blockbuster James Bond film increased 26 percent over Monday and was down 24 percent from last Tuesday. Skyfall has grossed $273.51 million to date, placing the film just $4.45 million behind the $277.96 million current gross of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 in the race for domestic bragging rights between the two films. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 placed in sixth on Tuesday with $0.608 million.
Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians continued their neck and neck race on Tuesday. Life of Pi was up 41 percent over Monday to take fourth with $0.851 million, while Rise of the Guardians was up 49 percent to round out the day's top five with $0.737 million. Compared to last Tuesday, Life of Pi was down 15 percent and Rise of the Guardians was up a healthy 17 percent. Respective four-week totals stand at $72.32 million for Rise of the Guardians and at $71.03 million for Life of Pi.