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The Hobbit's titular hero may be minuscule, but the film's boffo box-office returns are anything but. An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in Peter's Jackson's polarizing adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved literary saga, passed the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales over the weekend, making it only the 15th film in history to reach that milestone The film has now grossed $301 domestically and a whopping $700 million worldwide, aided in no small part by booming business in China, which pushed the film past the $1 billion threshold on Sunday after raking in $37.3 million in 10 days, according to The Hollywood Reporter. An Unexpected Journey is the second film by Jackson »

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