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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 »
- Patrick Sauriol
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
On the last weekend of 2012, audiences crowded in to theaters to see three <i>very</i> different movies: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey managed to take the top spot for the third weekend in a row, though Django Unchained and Les Miserables also tallied impressive numbers. The Top 12 wound up earning an estimated $167.8 million, which helped push overall 2012 domestic box office to just under $10.8 billion (a new record). The Hobbit dipped 11 percent to an estimated $32.9 million. The movie has been holding well over the past week (noticeably better than I Am Legend over the same period in 2007), and $300 million seems like it could be in play again. Through 17 days, the first of three Lord of the Rings prequels has grossed $222.7 million, which is in between Fellowship of the Ring ($189.3 million) and The Two Towers ($243.6 million). In second place, Django Unchained earned an estimated $30.7 million from 3,010 locations in its first weekend. Including its Tuesday-to-Thursday revenues, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The big rating return of the third series of Miranda, penned by and starring Call The Midwife's Miranda Hart, meant BBC1 scooped the Christmas honours airing the most popular shows on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Miranda managed an average audience of 9.5 million, a 37.8% share of the total TV audience between 9pm and 9.30pm. The show had a five-minute peak of just over 10 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight ratings figures for Wednesday 26 December.
Miranda's audience is massively up on the levels seen during the second series – ratings were about 3.5 million »
- Mark Sweney
Today we have a new photo of Elijah Wood being dressed up to look like Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which was supposed to feature a scene showing Frodo turning into Gollum. In the original draft of the script for "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," Faramir has a dream in which he has a vision of Frodo's future, should the ring take hold of his soul. The scene was filmed, but never made it into the movie. Director Peter Jackson never released it as part of any bonus material, but provided a few clips from it on the Extended Edition Blu-ray of the film. Check out a photo of the make-up test below, in addition to two shots from the actual sequence. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
People may or may not have issues while watching Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on the big screen, but they are apparently still going in droves to see the littlest hero of them all. The film, the first of three new titles, took the #1 spot for the second straight week, adding a studio estimated $36.7 million to its coffers, giving it just south of $150 million in its first two weeks of release. The film performed even better Internationally, with $284 million already in the bank. Worldwide, the film has earned $433 million so far. Not bad, but still well below both “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”, both of which had already earned $168 million and $190 million, respectively, after two weeks of release. This, despite today’s much higher ticket costs, which includes regular screenings and inflated prices for 3D and IMAX. But hey, #1 is #1, right? Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher”, meanwhile, »
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 »
Five new nationwide releases hit theaters this pre-Christmas weekend, though none came close to taking first place from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Even though it did hold on to the top spot, though, The Hobbit's performance was underwhelming. The Peter Jackson-directed Lord of the Rings prequel plummeted 57 percent to an estimated $36.7 million for a new total of $149.9 million. That 10-day gross is noticeably lower than that of The Return of the King ($190.8 million) and The Two Towers ($168.1 million), which is disappointing when considering ticket price inflation and 3D/IMAX premiums.That steep 57 percent drop also suggests The Hobbit is going to be more front-loaded than most movies at this time of year. I Am Legend had an identical decline on the same Dec. 21-23 weekend in 2007, and if The Hobbit continues to perform similarly it will wind up with just $280 million at the domestic box office (lower than »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
As I have been warning about for months, 10,000 releases all opened in this very weekend, with another 5,000 coming on Tuesday. Let’s just get right into it. The top film of the weekend was once again The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (review), but it actually took a massive dive from last weekend. The film earned $36 million, or down 59%. It’s tough to compare this to the previous Lord of the Rings films because they all opened on *this* weekend and had the unbeatable holiday cushion to keep them afloat. Still, the film has $149 million in ten days, or well below the respective ten-day totals of The Two Towers ($168 million) and Return of the King ($190 million) and very much behind where they were at the end of their second weekends (Ie – 12 days as they all opened on Wednesdays – $168 million and $200 million respectively). It’s not bombing, but it’s already proving »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Mendelson)
With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey now playing around the world, it's time to post the last interview I did at the NYC press day and it's with screenwriter Philippa Boyens. While Jackson gets most of the credit for the Lord of the Rings, Boyens has been an absolutely crucial part of the adaptations, having co-written Fellowship, The Two Towers, Return of the King, all three Hobbit films, and also acting as a co-producer on The Hobbit trilogy. She's a key player in helping to bring J. R. R. Tolkien's work to life. During my extended interview we talked about the themes of The Hobbit, the differences between Hobbit and Lotr, setting up the Lotr movies in the beginning of The Hobbit, the eventual Blu-ray extended cut, deleted scenes, whether The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be the same length as An Unexpected Journey, what they »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"In the original script for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the ginger-haired Faramir has a vision of Frodo's future, should the ring take hold of Frodo's soul. So Elijah Wood had to be done up as Frodo-Gollum. And now, here are the alleged results of that makeup monster." - IO9 "Reportedly, these images below are even from the scene which is seen briefly on the extended edition of The Two Towers, but never made any cut of the movie." - SlashFilm Check out the first creepy image here »
There was at one point going to be a scene in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers portraying Frodo (Elijah Wood) under the effects of the One Ring. The scene was a vision had by Faramir that would have shown Frodo devolving into a Gollum-like creature after having possessed the ring for too long. The scene is discussed briefly in the special features included with the expanded edition of The Two Towers. Comic Book Movie posted an anonymous behind the scenes image that shows a clearer »
- Alex Maidy
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 »
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release. The Peter Jackson-helmed fantasy epic, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, takes in £11.6 million to secure first place in the chart. The Hobbit had debuted to the fifth-biggest opening of 2012, falling behind Skyfall, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.
The Hobbit's total places it just above the opening earnings for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, which took £11.06 million in 2001. The Two Towers grossed £13.06 million in 2002, while Return of the King made £15.02 million the following year. Elsewhere, Rise of the Guardians drops to number two, Nativity 2 rises two spots to three, Skyfall occupies (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
You know what sucks just as bad as awful movie adaptations of video games? Equally terrible video game adaptations of popular film franchises.
The majority of game adaptations are somewhere between mediocre and abysmal, with a few notable exceptions:Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, and Goldeneye. It seems that most developers are willing to settle for creating a run-of-the mill first person shooter or beat-em-up instead of playing to each respective IP’s strengths and creating an immersive, faithful experience. Luckily, there are a number of classic movies that have yet to have a worthwhile game. Let’s daydream for a bit, shall we?
Here are 10 classic movies that could become great video games.
10. Dirty Harry
This one actually almost happened, and I’m glad it didn’t. Back in 2007, a Dirty Harry video game was being developed by The Collective, Inc. »
- Javy Gwaltney IV
So The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out. And people are starting to complain. I mean, I started to complain before it was even in theaters.
They stretched it out into three movies. They made a fun adventure into a serious epic. They added female characters just to add some female characters.
With all of these problems, can Tolkien fans, in good conscience, even enjoy the movie? Can we go out with friends and not dismiss their praise for the movie with esoteric references to the book? Or would liking the movie be kind of like Ron Swanson discussing how delicious his pet calf was in Parks and Recreation? Sure, it’s a good movie, but watching it involved killing something we loved.
I’m never one to be happy about something, but after watching the movie I did see a way to both enjoy it and stay true to my love for Tolkien. »
- Peter Henne
Festive battle for No 1 heats up as first instalment of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth epic precipitates a fall of the Guardians
Peter Jackson and Jrr Tolkien have consistently proved a potent combination at the box office, so it's no surprise to see audiences turning up in droves for the first of three films based on The Hobbit. However a haul of £11.60m in four days is far from record-breaking, and isn't even the biggest opening of 2012. Skyfall debuted in late October with £20.18m, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 followed a month later with £15.85m. Both titles achieved these sums in three days with no previews, as did The Dark Knight Rises when it opened in July with £14.36m. Marvel Avengers Assemble kicked off with £15.78m over its initial four days. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has thus only achieved the fifth-best opening of the year.
- Charles Gant
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
Everyone expected this weekend's highly anticipated release of the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of Peter Jackson's trilogized interpretation of Tolkien's one book story, to be a major financial success. But was it really as successful as everyone thought? After a successful midnight opening, An Unexpected Journey spent the rest of the weekend raking in the grand sum of $84 million. While that handily topped I Am Legend's $77 million record for the biggest December opening, it fell well short of the $100 million many forecasters expected it to make. Based on numbers run by Box Office Mojo, An Unexpected Journey also had an unexpectedly low audeince turn out. Thanks to higher ticket prices and bloated specialty tickets (3D and IMAX screenings), fewer people actually shelled out money to take in the first round of The Hobbit than did for either The Two Towers or The Return of the King, »
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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