This from England’s Daily Mail on Sunday:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has broken two US records at the box office to become the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time.
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic novel kicked off with takings of $37.5 million – the biggest December Friday opener in domestic history.
The film then took $28.1 million on Saturday to claim the record of the largest December weekend at the American ticket office, even without Sunday’s takings being calculated. Warner Brothers are predicting the movie could earn over $85 million in the U.S. for the whole weekend.
In spite of those mixed reviews, it seems TH is doing just fine at the box office. Which leads me to think that Peter Jackson and Tolkien may, in fact, be critic-proof as some have suggested, and that many movie-goers don’t really care what critics think, anyway. Good word-of-mouth doesn’t hurt either. Not to downplay the contributions of others, but I do like to think many people are telling their friends, “You’ve got to see it–just for Thorin. He’s terrific!”