(Pictured above: Mike Moore, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States and Carol Melton, Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy for Time Warner.)

Last week, Time Warner’s Global Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. and the New Zealand Embassy held a reception and special screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Time Warner’s Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy, Carol Melton, and the Right Honorable Mike Moore, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States, co-hosted the event, which featured New Zealand delicacies and wine, to celebrate the film’s release.

During the reception, Melton highlighted Warner Bros.’ support of the film industry in New Zealand, where the worldwide premiere of The Hobbit took place on November 28 in the country’s capital of Wellington. The film had the fifth best opening day and third best opening weekend of the year in New Zealand.

The film’s success has continued with its debut this past weekend in the U.S. The Hobbit set the box office record for the biggest December opening ever, earning $84.8 million domestically in its first weekend. Internationally, the film has received $138.2 million to date, bringing its worldwide total to $223 million.

Photos taken by Francis Faina.