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.
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.
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
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