"The Hobbit" Owns the Weekend Box Office

"The Hobbit" brought home a big box office treasure over the weekend, setting a December movie record with 85 million dollars (USD) in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales as legions of fans turned out for the long-awaited big-screen return to Middle Earth. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" also rung up sales of 138 million in international markets. Global receipts for the prequel to the smash "Lord of the Rings" trilogy stood at 223 million through Sunday.