The first of Peter Jackson's planned Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, has passed the $1 billion mark and become only the 15th movie ever to do so.
Released in December, the film recieved mixed to positve reviews but while its critical reception hasn't exactly been overwhelmingly (you can check out our review here) it has certainly seen its share of financial success. It's sequel, The Desolation Of Smaug, is set for release in December while There And Back Again will complete the trilogy in December 2014.
2012 was a great year for the industry with the likes of Avengers Assemble, Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises all joining the list in 3rd, 7th and 8th place respectively. You can see the full list below.
1. Avatar (2009) - $2.7b
2. Titanic (1997) - $2.1b
3. The Avengers (2012) - $1.5b
4. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows- Part 2 (2011) - $1.3b
5. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) - $1.1b
6. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003) - $1.1b
7. Skyfall (2012) $1.1b
8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) $1.08b
9. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $1.08b
10. Toy Story 3 (2010) - $1.06b
11. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) $1.06b
12. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999) $1.04b
13. Alice In Wonderland (2010) $1.04b
14. The Dark Knight (2008) $1.004b
15. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) $1.001b