"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" continued its completely expected domination of the global box office, adding $16 million to its haul from overseas markets.
After two days of release, the first installment in the new trilogy has earned $27.3 million from 42 markets, Warner Bros. said. The film, a precursor to Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, also earned $13 million domestically from midnight screenings.
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Analysts expect the film to gross in the $100 million range stateside, which would shatter the December record of $77.2 million set by 2007's "I Am Legend."
Overseas, top territories included the United Kingdom ($3.4 million), Germany ($2 million), South Korea ($1.2 million) and France ($1.2 million).
New Line and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer co-produced and co-financed the film.