NEW YORK — Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” led the box office with an opening of $ 84.8 million, a start better than the three previous “Lord of the Rings” films.

Studio estimates Sunday had the Warner Bros. 3-D epic as the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $ 77.2 million in 2007.

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