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Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters. Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up […]
- Germain Lussier
Beginning on Wednesday, fans of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga will have an opportunity to visit the fantasy world "one last time."Playing at 3,875 theaters, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies could earn as much as $100 million over its first five days. If it winds up near that level, that will put it on pace to earn well over $250 million total, which would be a solid result for this franchise finale.Meanwhile, two family titles*Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie (2014)*should do decent business when they open nationwide on Friday.The final Hobbit movie is opening almost exactly 13 years after The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which began a trilogy of movies that earned over $1 billion at the domestic box office and nearly $1.9 billion overseas, while also winning a whopping 17 Academy Awards. Over a decade later, director Peter Jackson »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters. Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love. In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie. The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans. He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Will you follow me, one last time?" Peter Jackson presents his final (supposedly) adventure in Middle Earth, the conclusion of The Hobbit with The Battle of the Five Armies, now playing in theaters. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, who must figure out what's next after making his way into the mountain and escaping Smaug the Dragon. Richard Armitage as Thorin takes center stage, along with Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and of course Ian McKellen as Gandalf. So how is it? Better than the other two? Does it live up to the Lord of the Rings movies? Is it even worth seeing in theaters or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pj's grand finale The Battle of the Five Armies. Spoiler Warning: We strongly »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – Though he’s never been called it before in scientific speak, I’m saying it now: Peter Jackson is a master of mitosis. He’s one of Hollywood’s best in splitting up the cinematic cellular DNA of one story into three because, apparently, he can’t do epics unless they’re in groups of three.
After directing a previous trio of precious ring-obsessed films one year apart, Jackson’s back with another threesome. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” released in 2001, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” in 2002 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003. Now we have his “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 2012, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in 2013 and the current “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opened in theatres everywhere today.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” is only 320 pages long. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Peter Jackson’s great journey there and back again with J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tales comes to an action-filled and excellent end in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, as I say in my video review above.
This one features, of course, series regulars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee and Evangeline Lilly. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the acquisitive and vengeful dragon Smaug.
Jackson, who has been creating movies based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books for more than 15 years now, co-wrote the script with his usual collaborators Philippa Boyens and wife Fran Walsh, along with Guillermo Del Toro. Jackson, Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham and Zane Weiner produced. The film, which is being distributed by Warner Bros., opens today in the United States following strong overnight previews in the United States and a huge overseas bow last weekend, »
- Pete Hammond
Directed by Peter Jackson.
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangaline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves have reclaimed the mountain of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug and must now struggle to protect the treasure they fought to recover. Dwarves, Elves and Men must put aside their differences when faced with a dangerous common enemy.
Criticized heavily for being broken up into three films – all well over two hours – The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies actually succeeds in justifying that decision. The problem is that three »
- Robert Kojder
After living and breathing the world of J.R.R. Tolkien for much of the past few years, filmmaker Peter Jackson understandably wants to take a break from Middle-Earth for his immediate next project following the release of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". He tells Variety the plan is to do a much smaller budget drama next along the lines of his famous 1990's film "Heavenly Creatures".
Jackson says: "We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, but to go back and tell some New Zealand stories," confirming that he and wife/writing partner Fran Walsh are currently working on adapting several true stories into screen tales.
That isn't going to stop him from exploring the latest in technology and entertainment opportunities that arise from it such as the Oculus Rift: "We're right on the cusp of a major upheaval »
- Garth Franklin
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the final film in the trilogy, held preview screenings in the U.S. last night ahead of the general release today and pulled in a considerable $11.2 million. That's behind the $13 million in previews for 2012's 'An Unexpected Journey' but ahead of the $8.8 million for last year's 'Desolation of Smaug'.
The previous two films opened on a Friday and scored $84 million and $73 million opening weekends respectively, so estimating how well 'Five Armies' will do with its Wednesday opening is tricky. It is, however, expected to score at least $75 million through Sunday.
Reviews wise the film looks like it'll end up the weakest of the three, but not my much. It currently stands at 60% (6.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and 59/100 Metacritic, with further results likely to push those numbers a smidgen down. Compare that to 'An Unexpected Journey' with 64% (6.6/10) on Rt & 58/100 on Mc, »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. Pictures
After three years, eight hours of (48 fps) film and so much CGI George Lucas is blushing, Peter Jackson’s unexpected second journey into Middle-Earth is at an end. And that naturally means now The Hobbit Trilogy can be properly evaluated, which is still the cause of much debate.
The ultimate outcome is one of division. Some fans are delighted to get to spend some more time in Middle-Earth, while others watched the movies head-in-hands, viewing this trilogy on a level below the Star Wars prequels. No matter which camp you fall into, however, there’s no denying that Peter Jackson sure knows his Tolkien and has stuffed the films full of enjoyable easter eggs and references for fans to pick up.
With The Battle Of The Five Armies cleaning up at the box office, come along and take a look at ten things in the final part »
- Alex Leadbeater
"Who does Andy Serkis play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?" is one of the thousand questions fans have been asking about next year’s Episode VII. And the actor himself seems to be bursting with the desire to talk about which galactic denizen he'll be inhabiting. But Serkis, best known as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), the giant ape from Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and the smaller but more sophisticated simian Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes films, has been tight-lipped about Star Wars so far. »
- Anthony Breznican
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters today, marking the end of filmmaker Peter Jackson's Middle Earth journey that includes The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. There are still more J.R.R. Tolkien tales set in Middle Earth, including a number of short stories and The Silmarillion, which offers an in-depth look at the land's history. However, all of those titles are still controlled by the late author's estate, which has been opposed to the filmmaker's adaptations for some time, and have no plans to relinquish the rights to those additional stories. During an in-depth interview with Variety, Peter Jackson revealed he would be interested in exploring those stories, if the rights should become available, but not right away.
"If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, »
One of the biggest complaints with Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit has been the unnecessary stretching of a simple, rather brief book into a bloated, three-movie series. I totally agree with that sentiment, making for a punishing 474 minutes of film to watch. But is the book actually stretched or do we just feel like it isc Well, Walt Hickey from the "Data Lab" over at FiveThirtyEight.com has taken a look at the numbers of running times and page counts of a wide swath of films adapted from popular novels to answer the question. Their conclusionc The Hobbit series is the most stretched film adaptation of a novel. With a total 474 minute running time (approximately 542 minutes for the extended editions) to its measly 293 page count, The Hobbit is unprecedented in how stretched the film is. The most recent film, The Battle of the Five Armies, which covers approximately 72 pages of the novel, »
- Mike Shutt
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens today, and I hope you go out and see it, because it's freakin' awesome! Two new featurettes have been released that you can check out of you want. The first is an IMAX featurette that includes Peter Jackson and the cast of the films reflecting on what they are going to miss most about Middle Earth. I know that as a fan of the saga, I’m going to miss the incredible journey that has been told in these stories. The second video focuses on 92-year old Christopher Lee returning to reprise his role, and damn, he sure does have a great scene in this movie!
After The Lord of the Rings ended, I knew there was a good chance we would be able to return to Middle Earth again with The Hobbit. After this, though, that’s probably going to be it. »
- Joey Paur
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is well on its way to dominating at the box office over the holiday season, debuting with $11.2 million in Tuesday night screenings. That tally bests last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which took in $8.8 million from preview screenings, but it is still lower than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's $13 million haul in 2012. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies opened in over 3,100 theaters last night for early screenings, with the Middle Earth finale expanding to 3,875 theaters by Friday, 85% of which can screen the film in 3D or large formats.
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies has already earned $122.1 million in 37 international markets, with 71% of that total coming from 3D screenings. This is the first Hobbit movie to open on a Wednesday, mirroring The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which opened on mid-December Wednesdays for three consecutive years. »
After spinning an epic and enthralling trilogy from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit novel — which recently had its conclusion in the form of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — director Peter Jackson is understandably ready for a break from all things Tolkien. In saying that, according to the filmmaker himself, the possibility of one day revisiting the fantastical realms of Middle-earth isn’t off the cards.
The Kiwi director made the comment during an extensive interview with Variety, stating that while his work on The Hobbit and indeed Lord of the Rings is complete, he doesn’t want to close the book just yet when it comes to new films within Tolkien’s universe.
If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, which is where my passion »
- Michael Briers
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” marched into theaters Tuesday night, picking up a formidable $11.2 million in pre-shows.
That outstrips the previous film in the series,” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which made $8.8 million in pre-shows, though it falls short of the first installment,”The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which roped in $13 million. Imax was responsible for $2.5 million of the “Five Armies” Tuesday night grosses.
Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth finale is projected to pull in between $70 million and $75 million over its first five days in theaters.
“Five Armies” began showing in the U.S. at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will expand to about 3,850 locations on Wednesday.
The film has already debuted in 37 foreign markets including such moviegoing hotspots as the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia, earning a smashing $122.2 million last weekend.
Stateside, a debut of about $70 million would put the film in the neighborhood of the previous two installments. »
- Brent Lang
After seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, my heart ached that we will probably never see any new movies set in Middle Earth again. Peter Jackson has spent the majority of his filmmaking career adapting the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien for the big screen. He has made six epically glorious films! I'm happy to report to the rest of you Middle Earth fans that Jackson is not ruling out making more of these movies.
He's not going to jump in anytime soon if it does happen, though. He has other things he'd like to focus on. This is what he told Variety:
If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, which is where my passion and my heart is heading now. But ask me in two or three years, »
- Joey Paur
With The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies coming out this week, the Screen Junkies have released an Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. They sure do go out of their way to tear this movie apart! They didn't like it at all, but that's what these Honest Trailers are made for. Even if you're a fan of the movie, these are still entertaining to watch.
Before you say goodbye to Middle Earth with The Battle of the Five Armies, relive The Desolation of Smaug, the bloated second chapter in Peter Jackson's mercilessly long Hobbit trilogy.
I know not everyone is a fan of what Peter Jackson has done with The Hobbit, but dammit, I am, and the final chapter in the franchise is definitely my favorite chapter in the story. Just wait until you see it for yourself! In the meantime, enjoy the Honest Trailer! »
- Joey Paur
I remember back in 2001 sitting in a movie theatre to watch the first "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Fellowship of the Ring." I really didn't think it could be done, this telling of Tolkien's grand vision on screen. Sure, Peter Jackson had done cool things with genre ("The Frighteners," for example), and I'm a big fan of his "Heavenly Creatures," but this whole thing seemed too big, too dense, too brash to do.
About 10 minutes in, as the prologue slams to a close and we're thrust from the ancient battlefields right into the wondrous vision of the woods surrounding Hobbiton, it all felt so right. There were changes to the source material, but what was clear was the translation to the big screen was being done by a bunch of truly savvy filmmakers. This, after all, was no less a transmogrification than was done by Tolkien when he »
- Jason Gorber
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