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The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range. For its inaugural three-day weekend, the fantasy adventure earned $56.2 million.
“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.”
This “Hobbit” faced stiffer competition than the previous installments in the form of two major family releases, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Previous Jackson films, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug, »
- Brent Lang
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is marching toward a box office victory.
The final installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy grossed $16.6 million on Friday in the U.S. on its way to hauling almost $54 million this weekend, which would put its five-day total at $88 million. This is far above recent estimates of $80 million.
The fantasy adventure is miles ahead of the other newcomers this pre-Christmas weekend. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is headed for $19 million, while the reboot of “Annie” trails slightly behind with $18.5 million. The films are in a neck-and-neck race after initial forecasts as late as Friday pegged “Secret of the Tomb” as the clear winner.
Aside from giving a much-needed boost to the U.S. box office, if estimates hold, “Five Armies” will have the year’s eighth highest-grossing opening, behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Despite the strong showing, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ralph Bakshi, the animator who did films like Wizards and the first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, used an early rotoscope animation technique to create the fantasy story Fire and Ice, which adopted character designs by artist Frank Frazetta. Now Robert Rodriguez is going to make his first foray into full-on fantasy epics […]
- Russ Fischer
Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors. He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars. He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo. However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies. Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater. In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, »
- Sheila Roberts
Standing alone against the threat of North Korean cyber terrorism, it’s your weekly movie news show the Movie Newsgasm. In your face, Kim Jong-un.
We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!
Fmtv will be back next Friday for our Best Stories Of 2014 Movie Newsgasm Spectacular! Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are »
- Oli Davis
The greatest adventure may be what lies ahead, but The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the end of the road for Peter Jackson's time in Middle Earth. The 13 years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring have seen the growth of the franchise into an international phenomenon while the digital filmmaking magic used in its creation has become commonplace in the industry, expanded and improved.
I was fortunate to have the chance to wait and see the presentation during the private Ain't It Cool Butt-numb-a-thon event, where it played in the Hfr 48 frames per second but in 2D, not 3D projection -- the first (and perhaps only) time the film was screened for an audience with this kind of projection in the United States. While I find Hfr with 3D to be headache-inducing, I quickly adjusted to the higher »
- Mike Saulters
Peter Jackson has spent quite some time in Middle-Earth, and now that he's finished with The Hobbit trilogy, what could be next for the filmmaker? He followed The Lord of the Rings with King Kong and The Lovely Bones, and it appears as if his next project will be something more along the lines of the latter. "I don't really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now," Jackson told Movie Fone in a recent interview. "The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It's become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I've never read a comic book in my life so I'm immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it's time for us to step back. We're heading towards something of that scale." Jackson wouldn't be the first director to helm a comic book movie »
Orlando Bloom‘s Legolas brought a whole new level of sexiness to Peter Jackson‘s “Lord of the Rings” films. So it’s no surprise that there was quite a raucous response on “Conan” Thursday night when the “Hobbit” star suggested he wanted to make an elven pornographic spinoff.
The suggestion came after he gave a sincere response to O’Brien’s question about the possibility of a return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Middle-earth” in additional movies. Bloom explained that the rights had only been released for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” and so it was unlikely. »
- Jason Hughes
Peter Jackson is bringing movie audiences back to Middle-earth one last time this month for the final adventure (at least for now) sprung from the mind of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the last installment of a three-part adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, the story that first introduced readers to the hobbits, dwarves, elves and various other magical creatures that inhabit his imaginary world. While there's no shortage of information to digest in both The Lord of the Rings franchise and The Hobbit, there's a lot you probably won't learn from the movies that's not only pretty fascinating, but also some great fuel for pre- and post-movie conversation.
- Rick Marshall
With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket. During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more. Hit the jump for what they had to say. Finally, unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, this last chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Ringswill absolutely love. In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Warner Bros. Pictures
Back when An Unexpected Journey came out to mixed reviews, its defenders were keen to point out that it was merely the first in a three-part story and you couldn’t condemn The Hobbit until it was over. After all, people didn’t judge the whole The Lord Of The Rings trilogy on The Fellowship Of The Ring, did they? Well, yes they did – the first film was nominated for thirteen Oscars, including Best Picture – but humouring them people patiently waited to see how things transpired.
Now, with the whole thing complete, it’s totally acceptable to pass judgement. And boy were people right the first time around – The Hobbit is a bloated mess. Sure, there’s the kernel of a good idea in there, but through a string of terrible production decisions it’s lost in a greed that makes dragon sickness look like the flu. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Here's a great video breakdown that takes you through the details of The Lord of the Rings mythology in about four minutes. A lot of the information here seems to come from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, which is a book that contains details on the Middle Earth universe in which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. It's filled with all kinds of interesting information regarding individual characters and the genesis of wizards, elves, orcs, and men. This video reveals some of its crucial elements.
- Joey Paur
As we wind 2014 down, Tfgp is taking a look at the best games of 2014 leading up to our Cinelinx Game of the Year selection. Today, as a team, we are presenting our five favorite games of the year and why they’re worth consideration for the top honors. Come inside and have a look!
Bugs, glitches and a severe lack of undercooked games have plagued us this year. Some of our most anticipated titles were struck down by this blight. Out of the digital ashes some true hero’s have emerged to truly make this a memorable year in gaming. Here, at the spacious Tfgp HQ we have been mulling over our current Goty nominees. This year we decided to let you in on the process.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Thursday Am Update: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earned an estimated $24.46 million on opening day. That includes an estimated $11.2 million from late Tuesday showings.This is the second-lowest opening day in Peter Jackson's six-movie Middle Earth saga; its ahead of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but below the rest. That's not a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, though, as the first two Hobbit movies opened on a Friday.If The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies follows the same pattern as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it will earn $88 million by Sunday.Forecast: 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. »
- 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
Shortly after the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, fans were curious about who provided the narration for the 88-second teaser. While many thought it was Benedict Cumberbatch, it was confirmed a few days later to be Andy Serkis, who was part of the first group of cast members to be announced back in April. While there is still very little information available about who he is playing, the actor spilled 10 new details to Entertainment Weekly.
1. The Trailer Narration Was Not Enhanced: While there were few who guessed correctly that Andy Serkis provided the trailer's narration, some wondered if the actor's voice was altered to for this mysterious role. The actor reveals that there are no digital enhancements made to his voice, stating, "That is the character. There's no digital manipulation. That's just me."
2. Andy Serkis Is Not Playing Two Characters: The actor also shut »
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)
There's a moment in The Hobbit 3 that I'm going to spoil for you, because nothing else that happens in The Hobbit 3 really matters. It's a moment of crisis for Thorin Oakenshield. "Who is Thorin Oakenshield?" is something you might be asking, even if you've seen the first two Hobbit movies. It's hard to keep track of names in these Hobbit movies, even though half the dialogue is just people saying names. Which is strange. Because when Jackson and co-writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh adapted The Lord of the Rings, they found a way to sharpen J.R.R. Tolkien's dense prose into thrill-drunk poetry. »
- Darren Franich
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
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
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