BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Takes $8.8M At Midnight Showings

It's finally here! Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened in North America last night, and an impressive $8.8 million debut means that the sequel to 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey now has the second largest December midnight opening of all-time!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/13/2013









The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.


STARRING:

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
Aidan Turner as Kíli
Dean O'Gorman as Fíli
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Adam Brown as Ori
John Callen as Óin
Peter Hambleton as Glóin
William Kircher as Bifur
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug

RELEASE DATE: December 13th, 2013.
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KidGoku - 12/13/2013, 9:46 AM
MOVIE WAS INCREDIBLE!
JoeMomma29 - 12/13/2013, 9:46 AM
Great I cannot wait to see this today!!!!!!!
Gmoney84 - 12/13/2013, 9:48 AM
I need to see this. Right meow!
charlie2094 - 12/13/2013, 9:49 AM
Awesome! Really enjoyed the film! Only real problem being the "middle film" mean't no form of resolution or anything, but was a great watch and will more than worth it once all three are out! Smaug was incredible, wish we'd spent even more time with him, they did an awesome job
TheRaven20 - 12/13/2013, 9:51 AM
This movie was incredibly disappointing. As a huge fan of the book I was disgusted at how many liberties they took and unneccessary crap they put in. Definitely should have just made 2 movies but of course they wanted more money.

Didn't hate it for the same reasons I hated Iron Man 3 though. Iron man 3 was a terrbile movie overall, Hobbit was just a poor adaptation and generic fantasy movie that can be enjoyed if you haven't read the book.

If you read the book then there's alot of WTF moments.
charlie2094 - 12/13/2013, 9:53 AM
@TheRaven

I've read the books many times and really enjoyed it, many of the things were really necessary or made sense. If Tolkien had written Hobbit after LOTR, the Necromancer storyline and Legolas would've surely been in it, they were pretty necessary additions...only unnecessary one really was Tauriel, but she was still a pretty good character. Only seeing a very little Beorn was disappointing, but he'll certainly be in the third film
Ramiel - 12/13/2013, 9:58 AM
Good, but not great movie. The action, humor, score, and action were all good, but the CGI really turned me off. Smaug, on the other hand, looked fantastic! Also, the cameos by Jackson, Colbert, and especially Gimli were nice. The barrels scene was so awesome! 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Ramiel - 12/13/2013, 10:00 AM
"Smaug was incredible, wish we'd spent even more time with him"

The movie spent like half an hour on him. That was plenty of time if you ask me.
TheRaven20 - 12/13/2013, 10:06 AM
@RBS4ZPK9 The necromancer parts didn't bother me and I liked the inclusion of legolas. The first 30 minutes was really good IMO.

Spoilers:

It was how the whole movie was just dumbed down to audiences and the unneccessary inclusion of orcs during the barrells scene, and elves and orcs fighting in laketown, Tauriel and Fili romance (WTF), battle with Smaug in the mountain, etc.

I loved in the book how when we first meet Beorn we don't know hes a shap shifter and they Bilbo figures it out. In the movie its just flat out told to us. I also like how Bilbo tricks Smaug in to leaving the mountain, but in this there has to be an elaborate battle that defies physics (another thing that isnt consistent with LOTR is the physics).

And then Bard was misportrayed. I don't think they should have given him a family. He always came across as a loner in the book.

I did like the casting of Bard, Thranduil, and Smaug looked and sounded incredible. But the story was severely lacking and felt like they were just looking for crap to throw in to extend the movie.

Should have ended it with Smaug destroying Laketown too. That was a huge mistake cause it would have made for a great ending to a film called "Desolation of Smaug"
MrCBM56 - 12/13/2013, 10:07 AM
Loved the movie.
MrCBM56 - 12/13/2013, 10:09 AM
Movie of 2013 IMO.
ckal - 12/13/2013, 10:14 AM
2nd biggest after what movie?
charlie2094 - 12/13/2013, 10:26 AM
@ckal

After An Unexpected Journey I believe :P

@TheRaven

I think giving Bard a family was pretty important, instantly makes him a person you care much more about and gives more weight to him killing Smaug...in the book you don't spend too much time with him so him being the one to bring down Smaug doesn't mean that much, think that was a good addition imo...as for not ending with Smaug destroying Laketown, I think that was primarily just because they want him in the 3rd film as well, not complaining, more Smaug there is the better :P
TheRaven20 - 12/13/2013, 10:31 AM
@Charlie2094 While I agree that that was probably their intention with Bard, there other ways of making us care about a character. I think of Bard in terms of Aragorn. We care about him even though he's an outcast and they used is backstory as rightful king as a reason to be invested in him. I just never got the sense that he was skilled archer and he was suppose to be captain of the guard. He was just some random laketown guy who the Master hated for some reason.
Battabing - 12/13/2013, 10:44 AM
I get off work early so I'm going to a matinee.
I refuse to see this with the unwashed masses.
cipher - 12/13/2013, 10:51 AM
ForeverPowerful - 12/13/2013, 10:53 AM
Ok, seriously...[frick] the ads on this website. I'm tired of the stupid sleeper ads that dont turn on for a few minutes, and then I hear from across my house the [frick]ing stupid ass cough medicine ads blasting from my room. Don't get me started on the [frick]ing ones that pop up from the bottom of the screen and blind you're vision of what you're reading.

I don't mind ads that don't interfere with my ability to navigate through the website.
cipher - 12/13/2013, 11:05 AM
I feel like I'm about to have the sudden realisation that I forgot to buy some shit for somebody this Christmas.

Probably my girlfriend's mother.
cipher - 12/13/2013, 11:39 AM
I'll send you the Macallan, yoss.
cipher - 12/13/2013, 11:40 AM
Heh, somebody.. just send me some Lagavulin, or Highland Park, and I'm happy.
cipher - 12/13/2013, 12:46 PM
Haha, bless your heart, brother. Wrap 'er up. I'll use my teeth to get it all off.

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