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The Hobbit wins a three-peat at the top of the box office

30 December 2012 8:26 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Even with its so-so reviews and a nearly three-hour running time, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is turning out to be a sizeable hit for New Line Cinema and director Peter Jackson. For the third weekend in a row the first Hobbit movie has captured the number one spot at the box office, this time grossing an estimated $32.9 million dollars. That brings the film's 13 day domestic total up to $222.7 million dollars. Factor in another $464 mil from The Hobbit's international venues and the combined box office total -- so far -- now stands at $686 million bucks.

How does The Hobbit stand in terms of box office with the Lord of the Rings movies? Well, if you stand An Unexpected Journey up against the previous three Middle-earth pictures, the first Hobbit movie has a way to go before it passes the money mark of the earlier pictures. The Fellowship of the Ring »

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Box office report: 'The Hobbit' outdraws 'Django' and 'Les Mis' with $32.9 million

30 December 2012 11:21 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Despite the arrival of two holiday heavyweights, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retained the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row.

Warner Bros.’ $250 million fantasy prequel was held out of the top spot from Tuesday until Thursday by Les Miserables, but over the traditional weekend frame Hobbit dipped only 11 percent to bring in $32.9 million, and its domestic total now stands tall at $222.7 million. After 17 days, The Hobbit is performing well ahead of 2001′s The Fellowship of the Ring, which had earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run (though that number climbs to »

- Grady Smith

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'Doctor Who', 'EastEnders' are top Christmas TV shows on Twitter

27 December 2012 6:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Doctor Who has been named the most talked about Christmas TV show on Twitter. The latest episode of the BBC sci-fi series beat EastEnders to take the crown of most popular festive shows on the social networking site in the UK, according to internet service provider Littlebigone. The 'Snowmen' episode was mentioned 1,600 times during the Christmas period, followed by EastEnders' Christmas Day special (1,210) and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (809). Teresa Robbins of Littlebigone said of the findings: "Christmas TV was great this year, with fantastic programming throughout the festive period. "Our analysis of how many people are talking about each show on Twitter has helped us to signpost the real crackers, as well as where anyone with a decent internet connection can catch-up (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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Weekend Box Office: The Hobbit Holds the Top Spot; Other Openers Mixed

23 December 2012 1:02 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Last-minute Christmas shopping, travelling and other holiday-related activities slowed the North American box office this weekend as Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey once again held the top spo.. The Middle-earth saga easily held off the debuts of Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, The Guilt Trip, Cirque Du Solei: Worlds Away, This Is 40 and the 3D reissue of Monsters Inc. Sony also launched its Oscar hopeful Zero Dark Thirty which had a magnificent bow on only five screens. Overall, business was down approximately 11% from last year at this time when Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows led the pack.

After setting a record last weekend with its $84 million opening, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took an expected dip in business due to the upfront demand being satiated in its opening days. However, the drop wasn't as steep as many thought. The Peter Jackson »

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TV highlights Christmas Day

21 December 2012 7:19 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Soccer Am | Room On The Broom | Doctor Who | A Musical Nativity With John Rutter | Heston's Fantastical Christmas | Downton Abbey | The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring | The Incredibles

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Soccer Am

9am, Sky Sports 1

It should of course be "Football Am" – an insuperable barrier for the sniffier sports fan. For everyone else, Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain are on hand with what will undoubtedly be a bumper crop of celebrity guests, the usual tinsel-draped features including the funniest Third Eyes, as well as a feast of highlights and goals from the 2012-13 campaign thus far, both at home and abroad. All this and the footballettes – sorry, Soccerettes. DS

Room On The Broom

4.35pm, BBC1

Christmas Day just wouldn't be the same without a winsome family animation playing out through the fug of too many »

- David Stubbs, Mark Jones, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Paul Howlett

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The Hobbit: An Expected Journey to the top of the UK box office chart

19 December 2012 8:21 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th December 2012...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was always going to comfortably top the UK box office chart in its opening weekend. The only real question was, just how big of an opening would Peter Jackson's latest Middle-earth adventure enjoy? The answer... big, but not that big, with its £11,601,538 certainly impressive, but only enough to claim the fifth-best opening of the year behind Skyfall (£20.2m), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (£15.9m), The Avengers (£15.8m) and The Dark Knight Rises (£14.36m) (and out of those, only Earth's Mightiest Heroes enjoyed the benefit of an extra day of preview screenings). Meanwhile, of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, only The Fellowship of the Ring earned less on its opening weekend, pulling in £11m across five days back in 2001; when you factor in 3D surcharges and inflation, »

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Box Office: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Dominates The UK Box Office

19 December 2012 3:23 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Unsurprisingly, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has topped the UK box office with a mighty £11,601,538 since it was released last Thursday. This is the fifth biggest opening of 2012 (behind only Skyfall, Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) in the country which has this year shown itself to be a major presence at the worldwide box office. However, this opening wasn't all that far ahead of Peter Jackson's past forays into Middle Earth as Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring opened to £11.06 million in 2001, The Two Towers made £13.06 million in 2002, and The Return of the King grossed a total of £15.02 million in 2003. Here is the UK box ooffice top 10 in full courtesy of our friends over at Digital Spy. 1. (-) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - £11,601,538 2. (1) Rise of the Guardians »

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ vs. ‘Fellowship of the Ring’

18 December 2012 8:02 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a blockbuster landmark achievement. It demonstrated that the moviegoing masses are willing to tolerate (nay, embrace) sprawling tentpole productions that run some 3 hours long and are geared heavily towards geek crowds. Jackson returns to Middle-earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review) and today we’re going to examine how much has (and has not) changed in the filmmaker’s approach to adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature over the decade since his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy.

So far, much of the discussion concerning Hobbit (pun not intended) has centered on the first installment’s (controversial) use of Hfr (48 fps) 3D; not to mention, differences in tone and style that have left numerous ...

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Music in film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

18 December 2012 3:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ivan Radford Dec 19, 2012

As The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dominates the box office, Ivan has a listen to Howard Shore's superb score...

Like a pair of old jeans that you hope still fit, returning to Middle-Earth after nine years was always going to be a daunting prospect. Thanks to its strange new 48fps appearance and a padded script that tried to turn it into a Lord Of The Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey didn't fit quite as comfortably as everyone hoped.

Not so for composer Howard Shore. Howard slips into those trousers with all the silky charm of Ian McKellen’s eyebrows, recapturing the mood of his original scores while also developing new themes; the characters are all new, but the backdrop feels the same.

And backdrops don't get much better than this. If Peter Jackson was bonkers to try and film Tolkien’s fantasy epic »

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Holiday Favorites 2012: Katy's One (Golden) Ring

17 December 2012 11:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.

Nerd alert: My family has a holiday tradition based around The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Beginning in 2002 with the release of the extended cut of The Fellowship of the Ring on DVD and The Two Towers in theaters, we started a tradition of watching the films back to back. Santa brought us the DVD and Peter Jackson brought us the new release. Perfect synergy.

In 2003, Santa brought us The Two Towers extended edition on DVD and Jackson, The Return of the King. You can see how this tradition progressed. Since 2002, we have managed to watch the trilogy in some form or fashion every Christmas season. Clearly other Americans have this same tradition, since TNT tends to run the films ad nauseam during December. »

- Katy Daiger Dial

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Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Takes December Record, Misses $100 Million

16 December 2012 11:33 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set a new December opening weekend record, though its debut failed to reach the inflated levels many were anticipating for director Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth. At 4,045 locations, The Hobbit earned $84.6 million this weekend. That's a bit ahead of the previous December record held by 2007's I Am Legend ($77.2 million), and also noticeably up on the three-day start for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($73.3 million). With 3D/IMAX premiums and a bit of ticket price inflation, though, The Hobbit had lower initial attendance than both of those titles (it also likely sold fewer tickets initially than The Two Towers). 3D showings accounted for 49 percent of ticket sales, which is about on par with most major releases right now. Warner Bros. isn't currently providing a breakdown for the high-frame-rate (Hfr), though a distribution executive there suggested it had the »

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DVD and Blu-ray Deals: Pixar 50% Off, The Wire, Wonder Woman, Smallville, Girls, Lotr, More

15 December 2012 9:10 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you're not aware, every Sunday Amazon rotates most of their DVD/Blu-ray deals.  So if you see anything that you like, make sure to pick it up today.  In addition, if you’re a Criterion fan, Amazon still has a ton of Criterion DVD and Blu-rays over 50% off. Included in the sale are David Fincher’s The Game, Rosemary’s Baby, Seven Samurai, Godzilla, Harold and Maude, and too many others to list here. Finally, they also have a number of Pixar movies on sale for 50% off. They're listed below with the rest of the deals: The Hunger Games [2-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy] $14.99 (63% off) Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray] $24.49 (76% off) The Wire: The Complete Series DVD $89.99 (55% off) Witchblade: The Complete Series DVD $16.69 (76% off) Stargate Sg-1: The Complete Series Collection DVD $73.99 (63% off) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series DVD $79.49 (60% off) Smallville: The Complete Series $149.99 (56% off) Wonder Woman: The Complete »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Hobbit Earns $13 Million from Midnight Screenings to Set December Record

14 December 2012 6:52 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins got off to an expected strong start at the box office on Friday, setting one record and eying another.

The first of three Hobbit films earned a big $13 million from midnight showings Thursday night from 3,100 screens, many of them in IMAX, 3D or both. That squashes the previous midnight record in the month of December previously held by Avatar with $3.5 million despite being dwarfed by many of the big summer or November blockbusters that attracted $20 or $30 million from their midnight debuts.

The Hobbit is currently tracking to complete its opening weekend in the neighborhood of $90 million. That would surpass the December opening weekend record held by I Am Legend with $77.2 million. In fact, it would take a substantial weekend decline for The Hobbit not to break the record, especially with the 3D and IMAX surcharges.

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The Hobbit Earns $13 from Midnight Screenings to Set December Record

14 December 2012 6:35 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins got off to an expected strong start at the box office on Friday, setting one record and eying another.

The first of three Hobbit films earned a big $13 million from midnight showings Thursday night from 3,100 screens, many of them in IMAX, 3D or both. That squashes the previous midnight record in the month of December previously held by Avatar with $3.5 million despite being dwarfed by many of the big summer or November blockbusters that attracted $20 or $30 million from their midnight debuts.

The Hobbit is currently tracking to complete its opening weekend in the neighborhood of $90 million. That would surpass the December opening weekend record held by I Am Legend with $77.2 million. In fact, it would take a substantial weekend decline for The Hobbit not to break the record, especially with the 3D and IMAX surcharges.

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Lord of the Rings Facts You Need to Remember for The Hobbit

14 December 2012 11:10 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to his Lord of the Rings trilogy, which most people rushing to The Hobbit will have already seen. In the new film there are many nods or foreshadowing to adventures or characters seen in Lotr, and connections to be made. But if you are not an obsessive Tolkien-head or haven’t recently rewatched the earlier films, they may go over your heads. Here is a list of references big and small in this first entry of the new Hobbit trilogy that were presaged in the Lotr films. (Wait, not presaged: What do you call foreshadowing if it’s to a prequel? Post-saged? What is this, Looper?)The Hobbit takes place 60 years before the Lord of the Rings adventure, save for the new film's prologue, which unfolds about twenty minutes before The Fellowship of the Ring begins. In it, Elijah Wood »

- Jennifer Vineyard

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Friday Report: 'The Hobbit' Steals $37.5 Million

14 December 2012 9:27 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey drew large crowds on Friday and set a new December opening day record with an estimated 37.5 million from 4,045 locations. The previous December record-holder was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which debuted to $34.5 million on a Wednesday in 2003. The Hobbit also opened noticeably higher than The Two Towers ($26.2 million), and grossed twice as much as The Fellowship of the Ring ($18.2 million). With 3D/IMAX premiums and a decade of inflation, though, The Hobbit's initial attendance was substantially lower than that of Return of the King and about on par with The Two Towers. Because its $13 million midnight opening is over three times higher than any previous December release, it's likely that The Hobbit is more frontloaded than other December hits like I Am Legend and Avatar. The range now appears to be $85 million on the low end and $105 million on the high end, »

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DVD and Blu-ray Deals: Pixar 50% Off, Lotr, Girls Season 1, Back To The Future, and More

14 December 2012 9:02 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the holidays approaching, I've looked on Amazon for all the good deals on DVD/Blu-ray. In addition, if you’re a Criterion fan, Amazon still has a ton of Criterion DVD and Blu-rays over 50% off. Included in the sale are David Fincher’s The Game, Rosemary’s Baby, Seven Samurai, Godzilla, Harold and Maude, and too many others to list here. Finally, they also have a number of Pixar movies on sale for 50% off. They're listed below with the rest of the deals: Save up to 47% on popular Miyazaki like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and more. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray] $39.99 (67% off) Girls: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $22.99 (54% off) Girls: The Complete First Season DVD $17.99 (55% off) Cinderella (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

14 December 2012 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen

Running Time: 2 hrs 49 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: December 14, 2012

Plot: A short man with hairy feet (Freeman) is enlisted by a group of Dwarves to help them take back their home, which was taken over by a bossy dragon.

Who’S It For? This is for fans, and outsiders. Fans will likely be thrilled to see so much detail from the book brought to screen, and outsiders will be on-board for the overall thrills being offered.

Expectations: A long time ago, I had read the book, and seen the animated film. I was never a huge fan of Jackson’s Rings trilogy, but I was certainly curious about the event of all of this. And this 48-frames-per-second thing? What the hoot is that all about?

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Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

14 December 2012 5:21 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

When it was announced a few years back that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh were going to draft a 2-part Hobbit film for Guillermo Del Toro to direct I was terribly conflicted.  Del Toro has a tremendous visual flair and love of all things geek, so it was a natural, exciting fit…but this would leave one of the most fascinating cinematic visions occupied with One project for a good part of a decade.  After seeing the trailer for Pacific Rim this week, I couldn’t imagine how next summer would be complete without it, so thank all the forces which led to Del Toro backing out of The Hobbit, heading for more original pastures, and leaving the director’s chair wide open.  It’s hard to believe that there was any doubt that Jackson would say “oh, alright” to continuing/beginning the Middle Earth story, but it seemed to »

- Mike Hassler

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The Hobbit posts $13 million midnight screenings gross

14 December 2012 4:39 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Martin Freeman starrer The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey preps for $100 million weekend debut with $13 million earned from midnight shows Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure helmed by Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson, showed at 3,100 midnight venues, 326 of which were IMAX, and looks set for a huge weekend bow as it opens into 4,045 theaters today. That's a huge amount for a midnight screening at this time of the year as according to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron's gargantuan player Avatar only managed $3.5 million from midnight showings. Don't even try compare that total to Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and its massive $43.5 million, or The Dark Knight Rises $27 million. Those are summer tentpoles. At this time, I Am Legend is the largest opener ever with $77.2 million, a total Hobbit Part 1 will easily do away with. The question is, what total coin will An Unexpected Journey »

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