11 December 2012 4:57 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It has been a relatively slow time at the box office. Movies like Brad Pitt.s Killing Them Softly and the maligned romantic comedy Playing for Keeps didn.t lure audiences to multiplexes. People are starving for wonder and magic at the movie theaters. Is it any real surprise that Fandango says The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming Les Miserables are dominating early ticket tracking? In a press statement, the ticket-selling service says that Peter Jackson.s first chapter in the planned Hobbit trilogy represents 76% of all sales on Fandango, while Tom Hooper.s adaptation of the beloved stage musical Les Miserables holds the second-place slot on the tickets-sold chart. The site even polled the people who bothered to buy Hobbit tickets early, and crunched some interesting stats. Fandango discovered: · 91% of respondents have seen a previous Lord of the Rings film; · 81% have read at least one of J. »

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