The latest box office update for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey confirms that the Peter Jackson-directed fantasy epic will cross the $300M domestic mark today, becoming the fifth film of 2012 to do so.

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been a big hit at the box office despite less than rave reviews, and the latest update on the first of a new Middle-earth trilogy comes from ERC Box Office. The film will today become the fifth movie of 2012 to surpass the $300 million mark domestically, joining Marvel's The Avengers ($623M), The Dark Knight Rises ($448M), The Hunger Games ($408M) and Skyfall ($303M). The Hobbit has grossed nearly $960M worldwide, and with a China release confirmed for later this week, crossing the $1 billion mark is now a given. This should be great news for Warner Bros., as the studio will be releasing The Desolation Of Smaug on December 13th this year and There And Back Again on July 18th, 2014.

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Filed Under "Fantasy" 2/18/2013 Source: @ERCBoxOffice
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DrDoom - 2/18/2013, 8:13 AM
Good work, Jackson. Forget the reviews. You did a great job.
invalensname5 - 2/18/2013, 8:22 AM
The definition of domestic is "of or pertaining to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries". So unless it made $300m in New Zealand, this is not not correct.
HavocPrime - 2/18/2013, 8:26 AM
Good to hear, thought the film was great
digymastr - 2/18/2013, 8:41 AM
Jackson is the man, keep up the great work!
invalensname5 - 2/18/2013, 8:53 AM
@Fettastic- hmm... true.
Azazel1 - 2/18/2013, 9:08 AM
Garbage film...
HellsHammer - 2/18/2013, 9:15 AM
Can't wait for the extended edition
YoungThanos - 2/18/2013, 9:50 AM
Great news!

FOX's DOFP wont have a chance next year LOL!
comicb00kguy - 2/18/2013, 10:18 AM
Fettastic: You raise many legitimate questions about Skyfall. I've tried asking many of the same questions about gaping plot holes in other recent movies, and was shouted down as a "hater" for daring to question the brilliance of the director and/or writer, who happen to be among the favorites of many people here.

To be on topic here, I'm glad to see The Hobbit is still in theaters and still making money. It had its faults, but it was very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the inevitable extended version coming out soon.
YoungThanos - 2/18/2013, 10:39 AM
Closing up on the billion dollar mark isn't an easy task as it is. So to do it in the winter months is great.

I hope that they'll correct the issues stated in about this to make the sequels even greater.

That'll slap FOX's X-men in the face! LOL!
Facade - 2/18/2013, 10:43 AM
Saw it twice: 48fps and 2D. I'll likely see parts 2 and 3 in 2D.
arashini - 2/18/2013, 10:48 AM

well, skyfall was the top grossing film of 2012 besides avengers. so there isn't much that it didn't outgross.

and, almost a billion dollar gross is hardly a box-office failure.
arashini - 2/18/2013, 10:56 AM
"despite less than rave reviews"

Most of those reviews were utterly useless, since their main gripe (and for many - their ONLY gripe) was the 48fps that most of the world didn't even see it in.

But I won't lie. I was disappointed by this film. Solid film but doesn't hold a candle to LOTR. Not only was the source material was inferior to LOTR, but Peter Jackson also let his fanboyism get the better of him this time. Most of this film was useless fat that should've been left for the extended version. And while purists always whine about it, Peter Jackson should have made some hefty changes here to flesh the characters out a little better.

I initially supported the idea of three Hobbit films due to fanboyism of my own. But honestly, it's just gonna make for 3 solid-but-not-great films, instead of 1 or 2 epic films.
shamo - 2/18/2013, 11:28 AM
great news for all upcoming filmmakers. this has taught us that even if you release a shitty movie it can still make a billion dollars.
marvel72 - 2/18/2013, 11:44 AM
loved the movie,miles better than the 65% rotten tomatoes rating.

definitely one of the top three movies of 2012 for me.

1st life of pi
2nd looper
3rd the hobbit an unexpected journey
RetroFit - 2/18/2013, 12:06 PM
I like that Jackson is making this a trilogy. I just finished the book again and there's a lot going way you can fit that into 2 movies. The book itself is divided into 3 parts, so it's natural to have 3 movies. And adding in Gandalf/Dol Goldur/Necromancer stuff just makes sense. He's gone for half the book so that would leave a massive hole in the movies that simply wouldn't make sense. It will be fleshed out, fully realized, awesome and true to the natural demarcation points of the book itself. I can't wait to see the next 2!
RetroFit - 2/18/2013, 12:10 PM
@ Facade I'll also only see it in 2D for the next two parts. The 48FPS Imax in 3D was weird. Jackson himself says the higher frame rate does a more realistic job of showing what the camera is filming. He's realized you were actually seeing actors in costumes on a set in more clarity than anything filmed in the past 100 years. Looked fake, because you saw the fakery with ultravision. I never did get used to it. I enjoyed my 2D viewing FAR more...the 48fps pulled me out of my viewing experience again and again and again.
AmazingFantasy - 2/18/2013, 1:16 PM
Movie was insane.
Loved it.
Horsemanofwar - 2/18/2013, 2:22 PM
This was the 1 book that I would re-read every year when I was a kid. Since LOTR started, I always hoped Peter Jackson would do the Hobbit.

Now that the first films bin and gone, I cant wait for the second. But An Unexpected Journey deserves every bit of success!! Loved it from start to finish!
Ramiel - 2/18/2013, 2:50 PM
Loved the movie, and it was jaw dropping to see in 48fps.
CrimsonReign - 2/18/2013, 3:20 PM
Loved Hobbit and cannot wait to see Desolation of Smaug!!
subzero1077 - 2/18/2013, 4:09 PM
Skyfall > Hobbit
EarOne - 2/18/2013, 8:19 PM
good to know hollywood's making money..too bad the films' qualities aren't necessarily up to the money they're making.

for me, other than The Avengers and The Hobbit, none of the top 5 are as great as their b.o. numbers had shown. sure, they're not as bad as those transformers rubbish, but, they shoulda been way better, in terms of content..they're just lacking, compared to their predecessors (or in terms of hunger games, battle royale).
arashini - 2/18/2013, 10:28 PM

Star Wars Phantom Menace (1999 + 2012 rerelease)
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (2006)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (2011)
Transformers 3 (2011)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012, before Hobbit)

Your "zinger" was inert, considering that about half the films that have crossed the billion dollar mark received mixed to negative critical reception.
arashini - 2/18/2013, 10:31 PM
^and I enjoyed some of the films on that list.

But fact is: the billion dollar club has never been a guarantee of "quality"
saidgb2 - 2/19/2013, 5:03 AM
hey, rises doesn't deserve to be there as far as we speak about quality
Maximus101 - 2/19/2013, 7:44 AM
Jesus Warner bros is cleaning up!
YoungThanos - 2/19/2013, 8:53 AM
Is it wrong for me to question why idoits are comparing Hobbits to James Bond....?

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