Hobbit beats LOTR on opening day
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