2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
This week marks the release of the final (we think) J.R.R. Tolkein film of the Peter Jackson era, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In concert with the film’s debut, the folks at Mondo are releasing a few new custom prints, including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Ken Taylor and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by Nicolas Delort. The main event, though, is the final poster in artist Aaron Horkey’s three-year Lord of the Rings series, an absolutely gorgeous print for The Fellowship of the Ring. This thing is incredibly rich with color and detail, and I imagine it’ll sell out very fast. All three posters will be available at a random time on Tuesday, December 16th. Get a closer look at the Hobbit Mondo posters after the jump along with Horkey's stunning Fellowship of the Ring print. As always, follow »
- Adam Chitwood
In just two short days, the final Hobbit adventure, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies will hit theaters, bringing this epic Middle Earth trilogy to a close. IMAX has released a new featurette, where stars Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman}, Lee Pace (Thranduil), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) and director Peter Jackson discuss leaving these beloved adaptations behind. Luke Evans and Lee Pace reveal that they will miss shooting with such an incredible cast and crew, while Evangeline Lilly says she didn't want to say goodbye to her elf ears and hair, or the experience of stepping onto a Peter Jackson set and seeing a "fully-realized Middle Earth."
Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, Bilbo and his Company of Dwarves have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, »
While there are marathons of The Hobbit trilogy happening around the country in some theaters today, the final installment, The Battle of the Five Armies, doesn't start playing until tomorrow evening. And to hype up the release, Mondo has come through with two new collectible prints for the first two chapters of the J.R.R. Tolkien film adaptations. Ken Taylor is responsible for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Nicolas Delort created one for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. If you're a huge Middle Earth fan, find out how you can try to get these prints to frame on your wall at home. Look below! Here's Ken Taylor's print for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey And then here's Nicolas Delort's print for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug And finally, here's Aaron Horkey's print for Fellowship of the Ring from Badass Digest: MTV debuted the prints above, and they'll »
- Ethan Anderton
Mondo has released two pieces of poster art that were created for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. The first poster was created by artist Ken Taylor, and it's based on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The other poster comes from Nicolas Delort, and it's was inspired by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The posters were released on MTV, and I'm sure this won't be the last Hobbit posters that we see from Mondo.
The posters will go on sale tomorrow, December 16th 2014. Make sure to keep an eye out on the @MondoNews Twitter account to find out exactly when.
- Joey Paur
The Alamo Drafthouse offshoot Mondo has premiered two posters for The Hobbit today: Ken Taylor’s poster for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and Nicolas Delort’s poster for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. See both of The Hobbit Mondo poster prints after the jump. Update: They also just revealed Aaron Horkey‘s poster for The Lord of the […]
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- Peter Sciretta
The super-talented artists at Mondo have created new posters to celebrate the upcoming release of Peter Jackson's third and final film in The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Below, you will find Ken Taylor's poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Nicolas Delort’s poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Update: @MondoNews Reveals Aaron Horkey's Fellowship of the Ring Poster http://t.co/wRYm9qCu0W pic.twitter.com/u8uoVQgQX3 — Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 15, 2014 From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, »
The first thing you notice about English actor Martin Freeman is how much he’s unlike Bilbo Baggins, his character in the Hobbit movies. When we first encountered Bilbo in 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he was an idle, upper-middle class bachelor, comfortably disengaged from the chaos coming to Middle-earth and utterly disinterested in joining Gandalf and the thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.
Freeman, on the other hand, would probably have jumped at Gandalf’s request. The 43-year-old actor is always working. This year alone, the charming, ever-composed Englishman has had principal roles on two television shows — "Sherlock" and "Fargo" — and on stage playing villainous King Richard in a London production of Richard III, which he describes as his “first professional Shakespeare.”
He managed to juggle his overlapping work commitments in 2011 to get onboard director Peter Jackson’s Hobbitbandwagon, and »
- Ashley Jude Collie
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies scored a one-two box-office triumph in Germany, landing the best opening weekend of 2014 and the best opening for the franchise in the territory. The third and final Hobbit film sold more than 1.5 million tickets in Germany over its five-day opening period, earning close to $20 million (€15 million). That compares to a €13.8 million opening weekend in Germany for the last Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and €11.5 million for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first feature in
- Scott Roxborough
“The Hobbit” franchise is ending with a bang, with first-place openings in 17 international markets on Thursday and a two-day total of $26.6 million for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Brazil opened with $1.3 million at 1,037 screens and Mexico generated $1.1 million, taking 76% and 72% respectively of the top five films.
The New Zealand launch was the biggest of 2014 with $592,000 and set the record as the widest release in the country’s history with 205 screens at 104 sites.
Openings in Serbia and the Ukraine ranked as the biggest Warner’s titles of all time.
Germany has totalled $5.3 million two days followed by France with $4.2 million.
“Armies” opens in the U.K. Friday and in Japan on Saturday — lifting the total screen count to 14,000. It opens domestically Dec. »
- Dave McNary
The final Hobbit movie is starting strong in its international launch with $11.3 million in 11 markets on Wednesday.
Warner Bros. reported that grosses for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” have come in above the first two “Hobbit” films with first-place finishes in all markets. It was the biggest opening day of the year in Germany, Belgium, Holland, all four Scandinavian territories and Switzerland.
Imax results were also impressive, with $298,000 at 21 runs for a per screen average of $14,185, led by Pathe Spuimarkt in the Hague with $27,268 and Cineplexx Imax Donauplex 13 in Vienna with $22,388.
Germany grossed $3.2 million at 1,442 screens, beating “Transformers: Age of Extinction” by 47%. France followed with $2.7 million, 6% ahead of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and Sweden took in $1.5 million, 5% over “Smaug.”
Norway grossed $1.03 million on 311 screens, its second-largest opening day ever behind the final “Harry Potter” film. Holland took in $638,000 at 220 screens, surpassing “Smaug” by 15%.
New Zealand »
- Dave McNary
"The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" opens tomorrow in the U.K. (U.S. audiences have to wait until next week), so what better time for a final, epic trailer than...today? Uh, sure. By this point you either want to see how this overlong saga ends or you don't, and the purpose of this promo is to remind you of how much time you've already put into the series. Might as well see this thing to the end then, right? Culling footage from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," this lengthy spot sorta recaps the story thus far, and then tries to guilt you into seeing "The defining moment of the Middle Earth legend." Well, no, it isn't. 'Five Armies' is mostly another reminder this whole series should've been one movie, or two at most, but if you want to see »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I’m “biast” (con): …but Jackson’s second trilogy has tried my fandom
I have read the source material many times (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The best thing about — finally! — reaching the third and last chapter of Peter Jackson’s ponderously epic eight-hour adaptation of the rather brief and chipper novel The Hobbit is that we may be assured that once the DVD hits next year, some intrepid fan is going to whittle the whole thing down into a breezy 105-minute phantom edit… like it should have been in the first place.
I am really looking forward to that.
A terrible affliction, er, afflicts the dwarf king Thorin here. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Next weekend, director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga comes to a close with the final Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. While these epic adventures do quite well in theaters, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug grossing nearly $2 billion worldwide combined, many fans look forward to the subsequent extended editions, to pore over the extra footage that wasn't included in the theatrical cut. Director Peter Jackson revealed in an interview with IndieWire that there will be 30 minutes of new footage in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies extended edition.
"The extended cut, which will be about 30 minutes longer, will have some additional Beorn stuff."
Mikael Persbrandt plays Beorn, the shapeshifting man who first appeared in last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Ironically enough, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is the shortest »
If you're one of the many people looking forward to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies this December, then you may want to check out this cool video below. Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has edited together a trailer for what he calls "The Hobbit: The Complete Journey", which combines footage from all three films into one epic trailer. His supercut course contains footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The »
- Graham McMorrow
Since the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I’ve been saying that once Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy is released some fan will edit together an awesome epic three hour movie using all the footage. Well with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies gearing up for release, we are […]
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- Peter Sciretta
The Hobbit was never planned as just one movie. Even in the years before the adaptation became a trilogy the plan was always to have the story unfold in at least two parts. But what if that wasn't the case, and Peter Jackson went for brevity instead of a broad scope? The trailer for that epic production might have looked something like this: With The Hobbit trilogy soon coming to a close with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, YouTube user Joel Walden has cut together an extended trailer that gives us the sense of what it would look like if Peter Jackson had tried to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's first novel into one ridiculously action-packed film And the results are pretty epic. As you can see, the video is a bit heavy on footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - as that »
Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »
- Gerard Kennedy
24 frames-per-second has been the gold standard for films, but in 2012 director Peter Jackson tried to push the envelope by filming/releasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48 frames-per-second. Some people marveled at the visual clarity that the higher frame rate offered. Others scoffed at it for ruining the illusion of the fantasy elements to the sets. I'm sure most of the negative comments come from the fact that viewers just aren't used to format. There has to be an adjustment period. Funny enough, some people would like to push frames rates even higher, such as 60 or even a 120 frames-per-second. It has been rumored that James Cameron ("True Lies") would film his upcoming Avatar sequels at 60 frames-per-second or more, but he tells Empire that he has changed his mind on that. “My thinking at the time was that 60 [Fps] might be a better segue to the »
James Cameron is still working on three Avatar sequels and he's apparently giving each one an extra dose of fiber and may be able to take advantage of an obvious marketing tie-in with Activia after this recent quote. Speaking with Empire Cameron dropped this little nugget: "I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will sh*t yourself with your mouth wide open." Yikes, the "mouth wide open" part adds a little extra to that visual don'tcha thinkc The outlet also asked him about the frame rate he's going for with the Avatar shoot and while the experiment with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 48 frames per second didn't exactly pay off, Cameron is sticking with it. "My thinking at the time was that 60 Fps might be a better segue to the video market," he said. "I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, »
- Brad Brevet
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