BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT Closes In On $300M Worldwide Despite A 73% Drop In North America

During its second week of release, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey suffered a fairly steep drop in ticket sales, but still beat new release Jack Reacher to the top spot in North America. Hit the jump to check out all of the latest box office figures!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/23/2012
Before a slew of new releases open on Tuesday (Django Unchained, Les Miserables), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has once again taken the top spot despite a drop of 73% since last week. Because of the holidays, up-to-date figures may not be released until this evening or later this week, but Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth went in to the weekend with a domestic haul of $113.1 million and an international total $189 million (resulting in a worldwide cume of $303 million). It's thought that it will earn an additional $31.5 million, raising its domestic takings to $145.2 million. Taking the #2 spot was Jack Reacher; the big screen adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot starring Tom Cruise in the title role. That film is on course for a $17.5 million weekend, a little less than the studio were hoping for. What did you decide to watch this weekend?






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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prototype87 - 12/23/2012, 3:43 AM
hmmmmmm, i'm still watching this movie one more time in the theaters though.
Chewtoy - 12/23/2012, 4:30 AM
Wait... It's very early here, and I just woke up, but wouldn't it have had to have made more than $100m last weekend to drop more than 70% and still bring in more than $30m this weekend?
Danbojohnj - 12/23/2012, 4:38 AM
Anyone seen it in 2D yet?Does it benefit from seeing it in 3D or is it fine in good old 2D?
NeoBaggins - 12/23/2012, 5:01 AM
@Danbojohnj Its fine in 2D, but the 3D makes the colors and environments really pop. Rivendall is spectacular.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 12/23/2012, 5:36 AM


I think hemorrhoids are this films biggest problem.

Facade - 12/23/2012, 5:53 AM
Perhaps it's the holiday weekend. I've been to my in-laws yesterday and today we'll be visiting both my parents houses (1 1/2 hrs away). I won't have time the entire weekend! The earliest I'll be able to see it (for a 2nd viewing) will be Wednesday :( Since I initially saw it in HFR, I'll see it in 2D (24fps give me a head ache).
captainbeta - 12/23/2012, 5:54 AM
I took my family to the Hobbit on Saturday. The only problem my family had with the film was the length. They loved the story, the action and humor, just a little bit long for them. As for me, it was great to be in Middle Earth. I look forward to parts 2 and 3.
NOID - 12/23/2012, 6:04 AM
Hmm, i wonder how it'll do this week... I've seen it twice, and i know plenty of people who still want to see it. I thought it was great and didn't understand all of the negative reviews.

Danbojohnj - 12/23/2012, 6:45 AM
Cheers Neo.
thunderforce - 12/23/2012, 6:54 AM
I just went to this yesterday in the HFR , fantastic .
Ranger14 - 12/23/2012, 7:45 AM
I still haven't had a chance to go see it. It will probably wait til after the new year when all the kids are back in school and I can sit in a theater and really enjoy it.

I have no interest in Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise was the worst casting decision for that role.
Ranger14 - 12/23/2012, 8:51 AM
"I mean, I'm always willing to give an actor the benefit of the doubt, but going from a 6 plus foot giant to Cruise is..interesting."

Yes, this is one character in which their size is an integral part of the character, both in the way he fights and in his constant difficulty in finding clothes that fit him. A cop-out by the studio to cast a draw rather than someone who fits the actual character.
NeoBaggins - 12/23/2012, 9:15 AM
Once in 2D, once in 3D. Next.... IMAX 3D
Maia87 - 12/23/2012, 9:55 AM
Most disappointing movie of the decade.
Rulk - 12/23/2012, 10:36 AM
Most disappointing of the year? Go for it. But considering we're only under 3 years into this decade, how about you wait another 7 before you start proclaiming it as the worst.
legolad - 12/23/2012, 10:36 AM
HFR is the way to go. A first saw in 48fps(HFR) and then a few days later in 24 fps. I could tell there was a lot of motion blur when the camera was moving in 24 fps, but in 48 fps it was clear and detailed. The downside is now I can see motion blur in a lot of movies, at least more motion blur than I'm used too haha.
Ceejay - 12/23/2012, 11:10 AM
WHAT 73% Drop?

It's only dropped 56.6% which is pretty much normal for a second week. Can we report facts not speculation? Or at least have the decency to correct your libellous headline?

Seen it 4 times already and going again asap!
NorseGod - 12/23/2012, 1:46 PM
The drop is probably due to people realizing it is better viewed in standard 2D 24 fps instead of bloated ticket price, eye-sore 3D 64 fps.
Yasn7 - 12/23/2012, 2:09 PM
@norsegod agreed! 64 was terrible. it made everything look artificial and glossy. I couldnt take the movie seriously
rocky - 12/23/2012, 2:34 PM
I think we need someone more familiar with math to make these reports.

Ceejay is right with his figure of 56%

Saw The Hobbit again in HFR I-Max, out-[frick]ing-standing. Oh and the 9min. of Star Trek was pretty damn awesome too, their 3D post looked terrific

Also saw Jack Reacher. Tom did an excellent job. The movie is really good.

Zero Dark Thirty was damn good as well. I wish we could've spent more time with the SEALs but it's more about tracking UBL than any field operations.
Robe - 12/23/2012, 4:23 PM
The Hobbit is expected to end with 280m domestic which while lower than all the Ring movies is nothing to be sniffed at when you add the rest of the world.
AUSSYACE - 12/23/2012, 4:36 PM
I have heard some really bad reviews about this and apparently how fricking long they are dragging out scenes in the movie to a literal stand still...

To stretch one book into 3 movies is a mighty stretch indeed...

blkyank - 12/23/2012, 8:40 PM
@rocky

Are you in New York or LA? I live in Palmdale and wanted to know if Zero Dark Thirty was worth the drive to Hollywood to see the film early.
ISleepNow - 12/23/2012, 9:22 PM
comin' in fast..

darkbeefstakes - 12/23/2012, 9:28 PM
Saw it. Liked it better than fellowship, and most of two towers. Did not think it was a dragged out as reviews said. I thought tlotr was dragged out more, proabbly because I didn;t really give a shit about most of the characters in those movies, or the crazy amount of uninteresting subplots. Hobbit prob had the best scene in any lotr movie so far (ie smeagle's scene)
Jolt17 - 12/24/2012, 2:21 AM
I think it's almost a flawless return to Middle-Earth. Sure, I haven't had the money or time to read the book itself, thus I can't understand all the fuss about the pacing, dragging, et cetera, but from that viewpoint, it blew me away. The stunning visual stands out the most, of course, but it doesn't take away the tale's charm and the highly likable characters. In the end, it admittedly does feel like one big sequel bait, but going with the mindset of it being the first entry of a trilogy, it didn't bother me at all. And I'm too in love with the HFR 3D format.
rocky - 12/24/2012, 5:53 AM
blkyank
I'm in NYC. I liked the film a lot but to be completely honest I personally wouldn't make an hour trip to see it early.

The film is really good. My problem is that there's no way to know how much of it is loyal to the facts since the CIA is not confirming any of this and in fact have made it a point to say that the film is a "dramatization".

Regardless it still had me on edge on several occasions. But anyone thinking a James Bond movie or some action flick will surely be disappointed. It is strictly about how they tracked UBL down and the one stubborn agent that led the way

CapFan79 - 12/24/2012, 8:10 AM
It was as good as "Fellowship" I believe (which is second best to ROTK IMO). The film looks just like LOTR, but has a bit of a different tone throughout and does leave an unsatisfying feeling when its over (because you wanna keep going). It's the start of a big adventure so I feel it deserves the other films. yes the Hobbit book was short but only becuase events are passed over rather quickly. I'd rather not have to omit too much from the book. With events to come I'm sure Beorn, Mirkwook, Laketown, The Lonely Mountain and Smaug can fill a second movie while the Battle of Five Armies and Bilbo's journey home can fill a third.

As far as the box office is concerned the other "Rings" films opened on Dec 19th (a Weds) so if you compare the box office by number of release days The Hobbit is currently lower, but "Rings" the benefit of the Christmas Day box office within the same time span. The Hobbit came out on Friday the 14th so I think after tomorrow it'll get a Christmas Day bump and be on track to earn the same as the others. Usually the weekend prior to Christmas is low if it falls on a Tues, Weds or Thurs due to shopping and because so many new films come out Christmas Day.

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