BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Set To Gross $223M Worldwide This Weekend

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth has proven to be a huge hit this weekend both domestically and internationally. We have all the latest figures for you right here! Meanwhile, Skyfall has become the third highest grossing movie (worldwide) of 2012.

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By Josh Wilding - 12/16/2012
The latest figures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are in courtesy of Deadline. According to the site, Warner Bros. are saying that it opened to $37.5 million on Friday, $28.1 million on Saturday and an estimated $19.1 million today. That gives it a total of $84.7 million for the weekend, pretty far off the initial $100 million estimates, but by no means a bad haul. It's thought that the two hour, forty six minute runtime may have something to do with this. In North America, the Peter Jackson helmed film has now taken $10.1 million from IMAX and $5 million internationally. It's current total overseas is now $138.2M in its first 5 days of release from 56 markets. That gives it a worldwide cume of $223 million as it continues to break record after record for a December opening. As you can see below, Skyfall has now become the third highest grossing movie of 2012 behind only Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Not bad company to be in, eh?









The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


STARRING:

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Orlando Bloom as Legolas

RELEASE DATE: Out Now!


Source: Deadline
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Nick56 - 12/16/2012, 11:44 AM
cool. third best movie of the year for me behind dark knight rises and skyfall
NerdyGeek - 12/16/2012, 11:49 AM
toco89 - 12/16/2012, 11:50 AM
@nick

Hey Nick, Resident Evil: RETRIBUTION or GTFO you troll.

LoL, jk ;)
thewonderer - 12/16/2012, 11:54 AM
Hobbit was fantastic, along with Skyfall.

Avengers, TDKR, Skyfall, and Hobbit shall be box office monsters
gillri - 12/16/2012, 11:59 AM
Its a dead cert Skyfall is gonna make 1 billion now!

hell it would probably make it without China!!

Its also catching up with Twilight domestic gross now, I hope it finishes above it
Darth258 - 12/16/2012, 11:59 AM


Loved this movie. Can't wait for the sequels.
GLprime2814 - 12/16/2012, 11:59 AM
Peter Jackson must have a pool of cash, like Uncle Scrooge.
OverlyManlyMan - 12/16/2012, 12:01 PM
[frick]! still havent watched this movie!
HULK2099 - 12/16/2012, 12:01 PM
From how well all three lord of the rings did in the box office.... I'm a bit scared for the people at the top, watch out for these Hobbits.
rockerdude22 - 12/16/2012, 12:03 PM
Haven't gotten a chance to see Hobbit yet, but I'm excited too!

Also, congrats to Skyfall! My favorite film of this year so far along with Avengers
JDUKE25 - 12/16/2012, 12:09 PM
Saw it last night. It was good. A LOT of walking around lol but that was pretty cool too.
rockerdude22 - 12/16/2012, 12:09 PM
Hey, does anyone here by chance remember the animated Rankin/Bass Hobbit movie? Loved it as a kid! Always use to get it from my local library haha

ricko8687 - 12/16/2012, 12:19 PM
The Hobbit rules
Feedthemachine - 12/16/2012, 12:22 PM
Rankin Bass will always be the definitive version of The Hobbit.

That, and the video game.
Ramiel - 12/16/2012, 12:27 PM
Congrats to Hobbit and Skyfall. Both really great movies.
JokerFan21 - 12/16/2012, 12:32 PM
I was going to see it today but decided to see Lincoln instead. Going to see it on Tuesday.
Maximus101 - 12/16/2012, 12:34 PM
Once was enough for me lol not my type of movie I guess, not even in the top 5 for me this year.
calin88 - 12/16/2012, 12:41 PM
Just came back from the movie, AMAZING!!! can't wait for the sequels
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 12:45 PM
Not trying to come across as a snob, but anyone who has read The Hobbit and LOTR books really can't have enjoyed the movie as much as everyone else seems to be. All the UNNECESSARY changes had me cursing Peter Jackson under my breath all throughout, plus the over the top sillyness was just too much (falling from a huge height and crashing through scaffold after scaffold until smacking into the bottom in the goblin cave, the trees smacking into each other like dominoes until (CLICHE' WARNING) they're all stuck on the last tree that's on fire and dangling over the edge of a cliff). I get it's not supposed to be nearly as dramatic as LOTR, but COME ON. I ADORED the books and definitely love the LOTR movies, but this is nowhere near as good. maybe 6.5 out of 10 at the most
batfan175 - 12/16/2012, 1:00 PM
for people with reasonable expectations like me this was a good year.
UltimateHunt - 12/16/2012, 1:01 PM
i love LOTR and The Hobbit too but its sick that it will make a triology, I guess Peter wants more $. anywho i hope Skyfall (2nd best film of the year and the BEST of drama, dark, serious movie of the year, yes i said it, bring it on lol) well i hope 007 gets to a billion so 3 movies get to a billion, i hope the hobbit doesnt.
Plus TDKR, AVENGERS, and SKYFALL Prove that you CAN DO have GREAT REVIEWS and do GREAT at the BOXOFFICE, who gives a damn about Oscars if they dont appreciate those Almost prefect Masterpieces and EPICNESS (nvm Nolan does)
timotey - 12/16/2012, 1:15 PM
@SauronsBANE1: Yes, I read the book. Yes, I loved the movie. So yes, you do sound like a snob.
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 1:29 PM
@timotey Try giving reasons to back up your statements next time, which just might open the door to having a calm, intelligent conversation and lively debate about something we apparently disagree about. Instead you run the risk of sounding like a snob yourself too.
Ranger14 - 12/16/2012, 1:44 PM
I'm watching tomorrow, but I thoroughly enjoyed LOTR and I have read the books 3-4 times each. When you translate to the big screen you are going to add content. I don't have an issue with that. One of my favorite scenes in The Two Towers was the arrival and participation of the elven army at Helms Deep. It wasn't in the book, but it sure added to the emotional buy-in to the battle and the film.

Like I said, I have not seen The Hobbit yet, but just in your description of the scaffolding scene, I would have no issue with it. Just because they don't fall through scaffolding in the book, I don't see it as a stretch that there could be scaffolding in a goblin cave and that happens, but I will see how I feel after I see it tomorrow.
CapFan79 - 12/16/2012, 1:44 PM
The movie could have been trimmed a bit more but I don't think they're making 3 films simply for money. At least not PJ.
Ranger14 - 12/16/2012, 2:02 PM
They're making 3 films because they are covering the two major battles. One per each film, which is plenty reason enough for me.
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 2:08 PM
@ranger12 I guess I wasn't clear enough, that's my fault. I didn't mean to say that just because the scaffolding isn't in the book, I don't like it. Little stuff like that, I don't mind. It's the fact that it was done in such a childish, silly, unrealistic way. Like, I would see that kind of sequence in a bugs bunny cartoon, I don't pay to see that in the prequel to the LOTR. Same with the entire "stuck in the trees" part. In the book it was simply in the middle of the forest. In the movie, they had to make it as cliche as possible: at the edge of the cliff, with all the other trees falling into each other like dominoes, leaving them dangling off the edge of the cliff. It's just too silly to take seriously. When you see the movie, hopefully you'll see my point.
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 2:10 PM
There was another part where a Dward actually blocks an arrow being shot at him with the point of his sword. Now, I know being completely realistic in a fantasy world such as Middle-Earth is a tall task, and even the original LOTR trilogy did some of the same stuff (Legolas going all ninja on the Mumakil in ROTK) but not to this extent. The kind of stuff that happens in the Hobbit is just ridiculous to me. The whole thing is just so cliche' and obvious, it kind of ruined it for me.
Ranger14 - 12/16/2012, 2:27 PM
SauronsBane1@ I will have to see how it feels to me. I don't have a challenge with some "childish" interpretations delivered, as they do need to appeal to the children demographic. Too much so may be a minor issue for me.

Blocking an arrow with the point of a sword is not a challenge in the least bit for me. I watch enough Korean period piece television series where that stuff is done all the time. :-P This is middle earth and dwarven warriors, I want to see them pull off some badass weaponry skills.
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 2:39 PM
@ranger14 Well I'm glad that it won't likely affect you! I understand the Hobbit is more of a childrens book, and the movie does/should reflect that. Having said that, it's set in the same universe as LOTR, and nothing that was as blatantly silly or childish occurred in those movies. It really doesn't make sense to me why the "rules" should all of a sudden change for the Hobbit. Maybe I'm making too much of it, either way I don't want to keep going and ruin your enjoyment of the movie!
MrCameron - 12/16/2012, 2:51 PM
Just saw it last night. Great movie. (SPOILER!!!) The glimpse of Smaug at the end was worth it.
Ric - 12/16/2012, 3:20 PM
hope hobbit will make 1 billion at the end of his run, great movie! can't wait for part 2 & part 3.
darkbeefstakes - 12/16/2012, 3:30 PM
The almost makes up for extremely tedious and boring first act and a half
darkbeefstakes - 12/16/2012, 3:30 PM
The end*
GLprime2814 - 12/16/2012, 3:35 PM
@sauronsbane,
I used to read the books every summer as tradition since I saw the original hobbit cartoon movie as a kid, and knowing its a "film adaptation" I knew things aren't going to be the same, I was just happy to get such a good movie, I don't think any movie that's based off of books are accurate and to think they will be is just plain naive.
And deflecting an arrow is what bothered you? how about a sled made out of twigs being pulled by rabbits going 100mph?
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 4:14 PM
@GLprime, I'm not sure I agree, FOTR was pretty close to the book, and IMO that was the best movie of that trilogy. Peter Jackson created a gem with that one, so why is it naive to see if he could do the same with the 1st movie of this trilogy? But I didn't list every single thing that bothered me, as the list would've been too long. So yes, the ENTIRE Radagast and especially the Azog storylines were pointless and bothered me to no end. Not to mention the obligatory "epic fight/showdown" that had to be shoehorned in at the end. At least with FOTR, Aragorn vs. Lurtz (which wasn't in the book and I'm ok with it) was necessary in the story. Azog was just a rehash of that, and that bothers me. Not to mention the fact that in the book, he's already been dead for 60 years. Unnecessary changes will be the death of this trilogy.
cmax - 12/16/2012, 4:17 PM
Loved this movie. I enjoyed it more than Fellowship.

Also saw it in 48fps, and was blown away. Very cool stuff.
Ranger14 - 12/16/2012, 4:26 PM
"Unnecessary changes will be the death of this trilogy."

Me thinks the vast majority of the general public aren't going to care if they made those changes. The trilogy will still be highly successful. ;-)
P90 - 12/16/2012, 4:39 PM
People don't seem to realize that what we see in the movie is what BILBO IS WRITING DOWN IN THE RED BOOK. Who knows if things happened exactly like they did, maybe Bilbo embellished here and added a bit of flair there. Bottom line is that these films will be lighter in tone than the LOTR films and people who can't accept that should not see them.
SauronsBANE - 12/16/2012, 5:00 PM
Oh, based on the numbers coming in right now, this will probably make more money than the original trilogy. That's not what I meant. It just won't be as good, from a critical point of view. I'm not saying this will be as bad as the Star Wars prequels, but those made alot of money and can be considered "successful" too, but I'm pretty sure (except for maybe the 3rd one) it was torn apart by fans and critics. It's odd though, there's alot of mixed reviews for the movie, but from what I've seen, the fan reaction is mostly positive. All I can say is that the movie could've been soooo much better had Jackson stayed truer to the book. This wasn't a HORRIBLE movie, but to me, it was the most disappointing.
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