BOX OFFICE: Surprise! THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Reclaims The #1 Spot

Following the news that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has crossed the $500 million mark worldwide, it has now been revealed that Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth has moved up the North American box office chart to steal back the #1 spot. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/28/2012
Deadline reports that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned $10.1 million yesterday to take it back up to the #1 spot (meaning its domestic cume is now stands at an impressive $189.7 million). After the release of Django Unchained and Les Miserables on Wednesday, this is definitely a surprise. The latter dropped to #2 with $9.1M, while Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western scored a further $8.3 million, giving it a domestic total of $33.3 miillion after just three days. Both of these releases have yet to hit a lot of teritories outside of North America so The Hobbit is still dominant overseas with a worldwide cume of an estimated $563 million. Which of these did you decide to check out over the Holidays? Sound off below and come back this weekend for more updates!






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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marvel72 - 12/28/2012, 4:59 PM
the original trilogy has been shown on tv over the last three days,hopefully it renewed interest in the movie here in the uk.
Webhead007 - 12/28/2012, 5:19 PM
Well I'll be damned.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/28/2012, 5:27 PM
Saw it on Christmas. Theater was packed. Almost didn't get a seat.
JDUKE25 - 12/28/2012, 5:34 PM
Saw Les Miserables last night. It was alright. Definitely parts that were sung that didn't need to be sung. And it was pretty long. But overall, it was fine.
caveman - 12/28/2012, 5:37 PM
Just got back from my second viewing. Better the second time! BRING ON SMAUG!
Pooh - 12/28/2012, 5:52 PM
Great movie. I don't think they'll be winning awards for best actor though.
pro346 - 12/28/2012, 5:53 PM
Seen this yesterday in Australia cinema was packed! Great movie and really good use of 3d! No headache!
Facade - 12/28/2012, 6:09 PM
Shhh, don't let WolvieCBM know about this news ;P
tarZen - 12/28/2012, 6:18 PM
@JDuke25 Les Miserables is a sung-through.
Ranger14 - 12/28/2012, 6:18 PM
It's finally getting my money tomorrow! I don't doubt I will end up watching it again in the theaters. Going to the Cinema Suite and having lunch during the film. If it is as good as I expect it to be, I will catch it at the IMAX next week.
hartley07 - 12/28/2012, 8:20 PM
went in for round 3 this afternoon! so friggin perfect. favorite movie that has come out durring my lifetime.
AmazingFantasy - 12/28/2012, 8:22 PM
[frick] yea Hobbit was dope.

Better than the Avengers...

eleven59 - 12/28/2012, 9:16 PM
$18 of that 10mil yesterday was mine lol
kamran123 - 12/28/2012, 11:22 PM
Thats a good news but i don't think so The Hobbit is gonna make more than $800 Million Worldwide

http://www.justfunz.com/
Equivocal - 12/29/2012, 12:17 AM
I really liked The Hobbit a lot, I'm thinking in taking my nephew with me for a second showing, he kinda wants to see it...
;)
ComfortablyNumb - 12/29/2012, 12:57 AM
I need a second viewing. Great film.
Azazel1 - 12/29/2012, 1:31 AM
Waaaaaaaayyyyyyyy toooooo loooong!

Do I really need to sit the dwarves eating for 45 minutes???
Danbojohnj - 12/29/2012, 1:59 AM
Saw it yesterday(2D) and was a little apprehensive after some of the reviews I've read but I needn't have been
It was stunning and easily as good as LOTR was.
Going again next week and might try out the 3D.

10/10.
maywitch - 12/29/2012, 2:15 AM
Didn't see this again yet, but I can't wait to see The Hobbit again. I loved it and for me the time flew by, when it ended I wished it had kept going. :) The acting was really good too. My mother saw it, she's not a big Middle Earth fan, I don't even know if she's seen the LOTR films, and even she really enjoyed it, so if she didn't think it dragged or didn't have trouble understanding it, I don't see why anyone else who has an attention span would. :) I'll be honest, I liked it more than Fellowship of the Ring, the first Lord of the Rings movie.
supes77 - 12/29/2012, 3:08 AM
are you serious people, look beyond the glamor, the hobbit has terrible. I am a huge LOTR fan and absolutely loved the original trilogy, and that was one of the most annoying things. This movie's tone doesnt even belong in the same universe. Now i know the story (book) but as a viewer, there is no sense of danger, it would be safe to say that no character will die.

I know the book is lighter then the trilogy but come on. They fell off a cliff then squashed by a huge orc without a scrath. Think back to the fellowship of the ring when they first fought the orcs inside Moria. Boromir gets thrown around the room and gets injured.

Why did the white orc need to be digital, made it look unbelievable. Why was Lurtz so f-ning cool because he was real.
This is only the tip of the iceberg...Im not looking forward to these next two films
cardsharp - 12/29/2012, 4:17 AM
"I know the story....it would be safe to say no character dies." (supes77) No, you certainly don't know the story.

The films will get darker and the tragedy at the end will be even more powerful because we have been tricked into relaxing after the whimsicality of the opening film. PJ knows what he's doing. Get your box of tissues ready.
Ceejay - 12/29/2012, 4:37 AM
This report is missing the fact that The Hobbit has made more money this week than in the week following its opening weekend. That in itself is amazing!

@supes77 -0 If you know the book so well then you'd know Killi and Filli die as well as Thorin. Sure it started off as a childrens book but Tolien rewrote it after conceiving the follow up LOTR books and made it more serious towards the end as well as writing many tales of events that surround the events of the Hobbit including the White Council meetings and the return of Sauron as The Necromancer.

This first film is about as light as things get before the next two movies take a dark and twisted turn. And you're on your own about Azog being digital, he looked as amazing as Gollum and twice more terrifying than Lurtz. Thank god for good CGI!
Ficjunkie - 12/29/2012, 4:40 AM
@supes77 "it would be safe to say that no character will die"

ha.
Robe - 12/29/2012, 4:47 AM
The Hobbit for a "childrens" book has a pretty dark ending.
Also has a rather cynical view of men, elves and dwarves when there is gold around.
supes77 - 12/29/2012, 5:09 AM
you miss read me (cardsharp) dont be a smart with me i know the story!
the tone of the film suggests a character cant die. Look at what those dwarves endure in that film compared to the triolgy. Just look at the scene in the goblin cave, they are invincible (half of them are farmers) and they have a thousnad mile drop and survive, while in fellowship Borimir gets flung by the cave troll and is severely beaten up.
And Radagast rabbit sled is stupid.

The continuity of the universe is not the same.
Ceejay - 12/29/2012, 5:23 AM
@supes77 - You don't fully conceive the continuity. These are the days of the peaceful watch, long before the minions of Sauron regain their full strength with his full return. They're fighting meagre goblins and orcs who only have strength in numbers and spend most of their time hiding from the Elves.

The time of the LOTR trilogy is the War of the Ring, Sauron has returned in full, his minions have strength and power, he has Urak-Kai orcs who don't lose their strength in daylight, even the goblins in Moria have armour and weapons not like the idiots the Dwarfs fight in The Hobbit. All this dissipates when Sauron dies at the end of the movie.

There is a progressive continuity there, you just fail to acknowledge it.
supes77 - 12/29/2012, 5:45 AM
Geez you guys dont know underdtand, Im saying tone!, you keep telling me the story and how its going to get darker.

I know its 'peace' time I know its going to get darker but that is not the tone. Ceelay - You dont fully understand what continuity is.

The tone of this film is more fantasy, person can survive a huge fall off a cliff. but at the same time its meant to be set in the same world as the trilogy where the characters are more grounded
Shamrokk - 12/29/2012, 5:58 AM
Jackson was quoted in Totalfilm stating " I want it to seem like we've gone back on location into Middle-earth; that these two movies feel like they belong at the beginning of the other three. We're the same filmmakers going into the same world".

Therein lies the problem, the unbelievable and ungrounded physics involving the dwarves does not mesh with those of the trilogy - the scenes involving the dwarves falling following the altercation with the goblin king is farcical for all the wrong reasons and the scene where (if memory serves me correctly) bombur jumps on wooden planks and throws like 5-6 goblins off just doesn't mesh with the world jackson created, regardless of the books lighter tone, feats that were impossible in one trilogy should not become possible in another if as jackson states "these two movies feel like they belong at the beginning of the other three"
supes77 - 12/29/2012, 6:04 AM
hear hear shamrokk
Facade - 12/29/2012, 8:24 AM
@Shamrokk...if you recall, Gandalf states (while in Bag End), "all good stories deserve a bit of embellishment." When reading Hobbit and LOTR, I was able to distinguish between the two writing styles as one being written by Bilbo and the other by Frodo (and Sam).
SauronsBANE - 12/29/2012, 11:05 AM
@ Shamrokk and supes77, I agree wholeheartedly with both of you! You call it continuity and physics, I call it the "rules" but we're basically talking about the same thing. I recommend reading my editorial (not just to get views or comments or whatever, I'm not that petty haha) about the flaws in The Hobbit, you'll find that I talk about that issue and many others as well!
Shua - 12/29/2012, 12:53 PM
@Facade, well said
supes77 - 12/29/2012, 5:11 PM
@SauronsBANE1 , I just read your article, really good analysis of the film.
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fantasy_movies/news/?a=71796

I suggest you all have a read because this proves how farcical this film is compared to the trilogy. Yes the Hobbit is more of a childrens book but the film directly ties it into the previous films therefore cannot be so drastically different in tone.
And sorry but the cgi looked good but was completely overused and took away from the story (phantom menace anyone?).
I compared a few stills from the hobbit and the fellowship, one looks like an epic academy award film, the other resemble the chronicle of narnia
Pooh - 12/29/2012, 8:11 PM
The dwarves survived the fall because they were holding on to the bridge.The bridge slowed their descent as it skidded against the sides of the ravine. All this is very unlikely to happen in the real world,but you forget that Gandalf is a wizard.Wizards tend to be in the right place at the right time. The odds are skewed in their favor.
SauronsBANE - 12/30/2012, 9:24 AM
@supes77 glad you enjoyed my article! It's quite a relief to see how much we're in agreement over the movie, I was beginning to think I was the only one with so many problems with it. As for your last comment, my friend that I saw the movie with said EXACTLY the same thing: It didn't feel like a LOTR movie, it felt like watching the Chronicles of Narnia. That right there is all you need to know about this movie

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