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Peter Jackson and Ang Lee's blockbusters boost end-of-year box office, as Skyfall becomes first film to break £100m barrier

The winners

Delivering £11m between them, top titles The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Life of Pi both posted sensational holds, helping UK box office overall to achieve its fifth biggest weekend haul of 2012. With Friday-to-Sunday takings of £6.85m, The Hobbit rose by 15% over the previous frame, and is one of only two films in 2012 (the other is Skyfall) to gross £5m-plus in its third weekend of wide play. Life of Pi rose a startling 48% from its debut weekend, and has achieved a robust £10.7m after 11 days of release. Based on the impressive increase, it's reasonable to conclude that Ang Lee's 3D literary spectacle is enjoying strong word-of-mouth from audiences.

Life of Pi has already grossed more than all but one of the major contenders from last year's awards race: best »

- Charles Gant

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