The Hobbit has staved off the Christmas challengers to dominate the theatrical box office Stateside.
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance and musical epic Les Miserables couldn't compete with Peter Jackson's opening instalment for the LotR prequel trilogy.
The Hobbit took another $32.9m over the weekend, which helped the movie reach $700m since release in just 17 days.
But that's not to say the Tarantino will be disappointed with the opening as Django Unchained took $30.6m, which works out as $2m more than Les Miserables.
Meanwhile, the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall, became the 14th movie to pass the $1bn mark at the worldwide box office.
Skyfall, which was already the highest grossing UK release, joins an illustrious (and not so illustrious) list of big hitting films that includes The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and, ahem, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
THE US BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $32m
2. Django Unchained - $30m
3. Les Miserables - $28m
4. Parental Guidance - $14m
5. Jack Reacher - $14m
6. This Is 40 - $13m
7. Lincoln - $7m
8. The Guilt Trip - $7m
9. Monsters Inc 3D - $6m
10. Rise Of The Guardians - $5m
THE BIGGEST GROSSING MOVIES OF ALL TIME
1. Avatar - $2.7bn
2. Titanic - $2.1bn
3. Avengers Assemble - $1.5bn
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2 - $1.3bn
5. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon - $1.1bn
6. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King - $1.1bn
7. The Dark Knight Rises - $1.081bn
8. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $1.066bn
9. Toy Story 3 - $1.063bn
10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $1.043
11. Star Wars - Episode One: The Phantom Menace - $1.027
12. Alice In Wonderland - $1.024bn
13. The Dark Knight - $1.004bn
14. Skyfall - $1bn