14 January 2013 3:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will open in China on Feb. 22, Warner Bros. told TheWrap on Monday. By that time, there's a good chance Peter Jackson's Middle-earth epic will be closing in on $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It's currently at $892 million worldwide, with the bulk of that -- $608 million -- coming from international ticket sales. Also read: 'Skyfall' Will Open Jan. 21 in China, Won't Face 'Hobbit' Warner Bros. has known since last month that a date somewhere in mid- to-late February was likely for the release »


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