In "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' Bilbo Baggins continues his journey with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood.

After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all-a creature more terrifying than any other - one that will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself-the Dragon Smaug.

The film made a whopping $73.7 million during its opening weekend in December. Peter Jackson's epic fantasy sequel becomes the fourth biggest December debut behind part one of the trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Will Smith's "I Am Legend", and "Avatar."

The film made nearly $1 billion worldwide.