It is not just a brand-new Middle Earth that Peter Jackson is creating with his latest fantasy trilogy, based increasingly loosely on JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.
Delivering £11m between them, top titles The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Life of Pi both posted sensational holds, helping UK box office overall to achieve its fifth biggest weekend haul of 2012.
"Unexpected" is right, for a couple of reasons. Peter Jackson, the man who brought Lord Of The Rings to the big screen to eardrum-shattering acclaim 10 years ago, is now taking just the same approach to Tolkien's much slighter, slimmer children's book The Hobbit. It's getting expanded into three movie episodes of which this whoppingly long film is the opener.
Yann Martel's Life of Pi was one of the most commercially successful novels ever to win the Booker prize; now it has been turned into a keenly anticipated movie by Ang Lee.