The Hobbit has surpassed its Lord of the Rings predecessors at the New Zealand box office on opening day.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened to the public on Wednesday with crowds flocking to see the almost three-hour film, the first in a trilogy of films.
Roadshow Film Distributors has released opening day box office figures for New Zealand, showing it raked in $782,695 on Wednesday.
The box office takings compare favourably against The Lord of the Rings trilogy on the records charts, with Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring grossing $720,933 on its opening day and The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers grossing $757,887.
The Hobbit was released on 203 screens, in 98 different cinemas from from Kaitaia to Invercargill, making it the biggest release on record in New Zealand, Roadshow said.
- The Dominion Post
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