The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey broke the December opening weekend record, but failed to reach the $100 million mark.
The Lord of the Rings prequel grossed an estimated $84.7 million, Box Office Mojo reports. No other new releases opened against the film, which left Rise of the Guardians to stay perched at the No. 2 spot with $7.4 million. Lincoln rose to the third spot with $7.2 million.