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'Hobbit' brings home treasure at box office

Martin Freeman appears as Bilbo Baggins in New Line Cinema's and MGM's fantasy adventure 'the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' a 2012 Warner Bros. Pictures release. It is the first of a three-part prequel to the hit 'Lord of the Rings' franchise. (James Fisher / Warner Bros. Pictures)

December 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" brought home treasure at the box office.

It opened with $84.8 million, smashing the December record previously held by "I Am Legend," which opened with $77.2 million in 2007.

In second place was "Rise of the Guardians," which brought in $7.4 million. It was followed by "Lincoln," "Skyfall" and "Life of Pi."

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $84.8 million ($138.2 million international).
2. "Rise of the Guardians," $7.4 million ($20.1 million international).
3. "Lincoln," $7.2 million.
4. "Skyfall," $7 million ($12.2 million international).
5. "Life of Pi," $5.4 million ($11.5 million international).
6. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," $5.2 million ($13 million international).
7. "Wreck-It Ralph," $3.3million ($4.7 million international).
8. "Playing for Keeps," $3.2 million ($1.4 million international).
9. "Red Dawn," $2.4 million.
10. "Silver Linings Playbook," $2 million ($370,000 international).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.