The first part of director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy received only so-so reviews, with critics noting the sluggishness of the story early on and the sometimes distracting visuals due to Jackson's use of high-frame-rate technology.
Audiences, however, don't seem to mind, as the movie set a box-office record Friday (Dec. 14) for movies opening in December. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" made an estimated $37.5 million -- including $13 million from Thursday midnight showings -- to break the previous mark of $30.1 million held by "I Am Legend."
"The Hobbit" is the only major release this weekend, so there's not a ton of competition for it at the box office. Friday's No. 2 movie, "Lincoln," made just $1.9 million. "Skyfall," "Rise of the Guardians »
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