It might be a surprise for some critics, but I am not surprised at all! A most welcome first place at the top of the box office for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’.

There was great anticipation for ‘Les Misérables’, a new adaptation of the popular musical from director Tom Hooper (‘The King’s Speech’), starring Hugh Jackman (‘X Men’), Anne Hathaway (‘The Dark Knight Rises’) and Russell Crowe (‘Gladiator’).

But it seems the film could not quite compete with ‘Thorin Oakenshield’, ‘Bilbo Baggins’ and Co. The Hobbit holds firm at the top of the box office with $10.1 million yesterday, which brings it to a total of $189.7 domestically and most importantly, it has surpassed the $500 million worldwide.

These are indeed some impressive numbers considering the competition, which also includes another much anticipated movie, ‘Django Unchained’ from notable director Quentin Tarantino (‘Grindhouse’), starring Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Titanic’), Jamie Foxx (‘Law Abiding Citizen’) and Christoph Waltz (‘The Three Musketeers’), some powerhouse names.

There was some uncertainty, since many critics had blasted Peter Jackson’s use of 48 frames per second, which is an innovation at this point. Many in the cast including Jackson have explained that movies are made in 24 frames per second, so the feel completely changes. There were negative criticism from people that saw exclusive previews and then the completed film in the new format.

Many complained that it created a ‘television’ type feel of the film. I personally have not seen it in this format, but even in that case, I have to say this is one of the most impressive films I have seen recently.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is the first installment in this new trilogy of the adaptation of the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ hits theaters almost a year later on December 13, 2013.