We have some early estimates for this weekend at the North American box office, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug looks set to open with a little less than last year's first instalment. Thor: The Dark World is also likely to pass $200 million by Monday!

According to Deadline, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug now looks set to open a little lighter than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did this time last year. Opening estimates for the three-day weekend are currently around $70 million - $73 million. That's roughly $10 million less than the first instalment, but these are still very early estimates and subject to change. Either way, it's still thought that the sequel will manage to surpass $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The movie will also add $8.8 million ($1.2 million of which was from IMAX theaters) to its final weekend total thanks to midnight screenings. Meanwhile, Disney's Frozen is set to take the #2 spot with an estimated total of $24 million and Thor: The Dark World will finally push its domestic cume past $200 million this weekend with a haul of $3 million. What are you guys seeing?

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.


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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kylo0607 - 12/14/2013, 4:12 AM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was a great movie! I will definitely watch it again next week. No doubt it will be a beast at the box office. Can't wait for the last movie!
RichardBoldly - 12/14/2013, 4:12 AM
FreedomFreeLife - 12/14/2013, 4:12 AM
kylo0607 - 12/14/2013, 4:30 AM

I think Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the highest grossing film of 2014, followed by TASM2 or The Hobbit: There And Back Again.
charlie2094 - 12/14/2013, 4:41 AM
Really enjoyed the Hobbit, glad it's set to do well, don't think it'll manage a billion like the first one, which only just hit it, but given the more positive reception to it, might manage it, I see it finishing around $900 million, which is great. Wasn't perfect, but definitely an improvement over the first (which I still enjoyed a lot) and they nailed Smaug, wish there was even more of him

Imagine Thor will finish with somewhere around $640-50 when all is finished, which is a pretty great increase over the original, solid numbers
dinkinflicka - 12/14/2013, 4:55 AM
I think if you asked Marvel before Thor TDW came out it would gross over 550 million they would be thrilled considering its over 600 million I'm sure they are ecstatic. I'm predicting 600 million as well for Captain America WS. As for the Hobbit I liked the first but a lot of people in the US didn't, I believe the sequel domestically does 250 million max and does not get to 1 Billion worldwide.
DurtyTalynt - 12/14/2013, 5:23 AM
Got my tickets for the hobbit on sundayn . Thor was good but Jane Foster was kinda annoying.
JoJo1982 - 12/14/2013, 5:42 AM
Just finished watching hobbit DoS and I gotta say.... THAT'S WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT!!!

Great movie, the actin is top notch, smaug was great, and the action was very impressive(highlight was the river battle and legalos fighting bolg towards the end). Definitely will be seeing this again
ricko8687 - 12/14/2013, 5:45 AM
Going to see The Hobbit 2 today. Glad TDW doing so well
HulkOnion - 12/14/2013, 6:11 AM
thor 2 is only at 200 million?
SuperCat - 12/14/2013, 6:13 AM
Great news for both Thor and Hobbit. Haven't seen the latter yet.
JohnnyRoss - 12/14/2013, 6:18 AM

200 million domestic, yes.

Over 600 worldwide.
Bekss - 12/14/2013, 6:37 AM
The hobbit was awesome, i see it last night and i can it is as good as the Two Towers, but the end was the worst, I hate Jackson for make me wait one year at that point in the history.

And for the ones that don't like Legolas being in the movie. He's the son of the king of that elfs, when Tolkien wrote The Hobbit he still hasn't create the character, so it would be stupid if Legolas wasn't there know that he exist. And he was one of the best in the movie.
Bekss - 12/14/2013, 6:39 AM
^ I can say it is as good...
MrCBM56 - 12/14/2013, 6:47 AM
The Hobbit 2 was THE BEST movie this year.

The Barrel Scene was great.

Smaug was [frick]ing fantastic! OMG he was [frick]ing awesome!

My only complaint was lack of Gandalf but everything else is [frick]ing excellent.

Seeing it again tonight.

JoJo1982 - 12/14/2013, 7:03 AM
The barrel scene was one of the biggest highlight of the movie, it had the whole audience cheering last night including me.
Smaug was very impressive to see
Bolg vs Legalos was a great fight scene, legalos got pissed when he made him bleed
Tauriel was a great add on to the movie, in this all male cast
The laketown, looked great and something we never scene before, but was also the moment the movie felt very slow, which ain't bad after all the crazy stuff that happen before.
Gandalf vs necromancer(Sauron) was intense and visually impressive.
The way the movie ended is what pissed off every in the movie!!! Like it just ended, but I was expecting that. Plus this was the shortest movie so far in the middle earth sage
Ramiel - 12/14/2013, 7:05 AM
TDOS was a good movie. The barrels scene was really great. 3.75 stars.
marvelstudios - 12/14/2013, 7:11 AM
I really want to watch the Hobbit. Why the fk do Aussies have to wait till Boxing Day??????
cosmicman - 12/14/2013, 7:18 AM
Thor 2 > Man of Steel
McNerdy - 12/14/2013, 7:25 AM
The hobbit was the best movie I saw this year, it had everything I was looking for in a movie. Not once was I bored, I was always entertained. I loved it!
SychoSid85 - 12/14/2013, 7:30 AM
Nice, "my companies better than yours" comments already. Kids these days. Anywho, hopefully this coming Thursday I can get some free time to see The Hobbit. I' like to see Catching Fire, but I don't think the schedule will allow that. I can hope though.
SychoSid85 - 12/14/2013, 7:32 AM
Next year I'm looking forward to a few movies. Xmen, Spidey 2, Cap 2, Robocop, Hobbit 3. I'm sure I'm missing acouple, and there's bound to be surprises, so we shall see.
Amazing512 - 12/14/2013, 7:40 AM
Thor 2 and IM3 are the only movies I saw twice this year. Not trying to sound like a fanboy but I really did love them both.
BlanketMan - 12/14/2013, 7:41 AM
Hobbit 2 was good, with some really memorable scenes. But could've been great if Jackson hired a decent editor. Could've easily chopped 20-30 minutes out for a much tighter movie. As it is, it definitely dragged in a few spots, between the exceptional set pieces.
Battabing - 12/14/2013, 8:12 AM
The Hobbit was FANTASTIC!!

Smaug was truly terrifying, especially what they did with his voice. I actually cringed a couple of times when he raised his voice or emphasized statements.

It was a damn good time.

Also, may all these ads die of a wasting virus.
marvelstudios - 12/14/2013, 8:15 AM
What happens at the end of the movie? Does Smaug die? What happens with Sauron?
JoeMomma29 - 12/14/2013, 8:22 AM
The Hobbit was great! Like everyone said the barrel scene really stood out. Also Smaug was just amazing, the voice was intimidating to say the least.
JoeMomma29 - 12/14/2013, 8:23 AM
@ marvelstudios

Are you being serious????????? Naw you got to be joking!
JoJo1982 - 12/14/2013, 8:25 AM

I hope you was being sarcastic
maxleresistant - 12/14/2013, 8:38 AM
Going to see it next tuesday in IMAX!!!!

It may be no big deal for Americans. But in france we have 5 IMAX theaters in the whole country. It's going to be AWESOME!!!
Omarvls - 12/14/2013, 8:41 AM
Thor Dark World will end up at 650 Million after it opens in Japan


Lhornbk - 12/14/2013, 8:49 AM
So, Hobbit won't make as much in it's opening weekend as Catching Fire did? (In fact, it will evidently be around $100 million short of what Catching Fire did in its first 3 days, and Hobbit even has 3D helping it, which Catching Fire did not have.) Interesting, very interesting. I hate to tell whoever is predicting a billion for it, but unless it does incredibly well overseas, that's not happening. I don't even think Catching Fire will quite make it to a billion, and Hobbit will be starting out behind.

And TDW is just now making it to $200 million domestically? That has me LMAO. It took TDW over a month to make what Catching Fire made in 6 days. I see a lot of Marvel fanboys on here bragging about that, and it is a decent haul. But it will not come close to catching MoS (which got close to $300 million) domestically as many fanboys predicted. And let's face facts. TDW got it's butt royally kicked by a FEMALE-led action movie, which has got to bug the heck out of many Marvel fanboys, and has to just infuriate all the trolls on this site who like to trash all female characters and who say female-led action movies don't work, and who always disparage the idea of a Wonder Woman or MS./Capt. Marvel movie. Oh, and a movie that is mainly about a teenage girl and that does have a little romance wiped the floor with Thor as well, which affects a different variety of troll (the ones who compare Hunger Games to Twilight or to other dystopia-type movies and automatically trash Hunger Games, some without even watching it.

I will say that I kinda hope Hobbit doesn't do that well. It would servvthemi7
Lhornbk - 12/14/2013, 8:50 AM
Oops, hit enter too soon. AsI was saying, it would serve them right for splitting it into 3 movies, when at most it should have been 2.
Chewtoy - 12/14/2013, 9:00 AM
The folks at Deadline are horrible at math... always have been. Plus they tend to get confused as they report on totals after Friday is added in, then try to do the math for the entire weekend and add that to the current estimate, counting Friday twice.

In any event, Thor will pass $200m sometime next week instead. It did stall out faster than expected, showing that the American audience didn't expand nearly as much as the international audience did. Still, with a finish in the mid-$600m range worldwide, that's a hell of a hit for the character of Thor.
Ramiel - 12/14/2013, 9:09 AM
Thor: TDW made the the IMDB's Top Ten Highest Rated Movies of 2013:
Ramiel - 12/14/2013, 9:14 AM

Didn't you say that TDW wouldn't even make $600M worldwide? I bet your butt felt sore when it did make $600M, and now has passed it.
mdwilliamson24 - 12/14/2013, 9:16 AM
Well, lets see...
Catching Fire would destroy any movie this year, possibly even Iron Man 3 when its all said and done(talking US dollars). So to champion that movie to underscore what all the other releases have done this year is really lame.
TheAbomination - 12/14/2013, 9:52 AM
Saw the Hobbit last night. Better than the first one.
thewolfx - 12/14/2013, 10:10 AM
Smaug .. best dragon ever
Lancer1 - 12/14/2013, 10:11 AM
Best movie this year alongside with man of steel and pacific rim...wowwww that experience blew my mind ...


I agree with everything you said ....that gandalf fight was amazing ...

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