Fans came out in record numbers last night to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at midnight, to the tune of $12.4 million. That tally is the highest midnight screening total ever recorded for the month of December. Warner Bros. debuted this epic in more than 3,100 theaters last night, before opening in 4,045 theaters today.
Peter Jackson's The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King opened with $8 million during midnight screenings in 2003. Be sure to check back throughout the weekend for more updates on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's box office take.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.