Box Office Poll: How Much Will 'The Hobbit' Make This Weekend?

If it seems like the box office has been quiet the past couple of weeks, fear not Fandango fans because that's all about to change. With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arriving in theaters this weekend, December is now in full swing. We've got awards to discuss, gifts to obsess over and a handful of very big movies heading our way, beginning with our first trip back to Middle-earth since 2003's The Return of the King.

Just how big will The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey be? Well here's what we know so far: The Lord of the Rings prequel grossed an estimated $13 million in midnight screenings alone, which may not come near the final Harry Potter and The Dark Knight Rises numbers, but for a December release it's stellar. With The Hobbit hitting a record-breaking 4,045 theaters this weekend, it's not hard to envision it breaking records for the best-ever December opening, which currently sits at $77.2 million thanks to Will Smith's I Am Legend.

My Prediction: Taking into consideration the amount of theaters it's in and those numbers from midnight screenings, I'm going to predict The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes in around $88 million for the weekend. I think it'll definitely top I Am Legend, but fall just short of crossing the pivotal $100 million mark.

Now that you've seen my prediction, tell us yours. How much money do you think The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will make at the box office this weekend?

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