Middle Earth has been very, very good to filmmaker PETER JACKSON. Following the massive success of his film adaptations of J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, his latest endeavor, THE HOBBIT, has opened at the top of the weekend box office chart with an estimated $84.7 m. Filling the #2 slot, the animated 3D fairy-tale mash-up RISE OF THE GUARDIANS managed to take in $7.4 m. In the No. 3 position, STEVEN SPIELBERG’S lavish historical epic, LINCOLN, is still knocking on Oscar’s door with another $7.2 m. Rounding out the top five are: SKYFALL ($7 m) and LIFE OF PI ($5.4 m).
For HOBBIT (and LORD OF THE RINGS) star ELIJAH WOOD, spending over a decade of his life on these films has, indeed, been “an unexpected journey”. During the recent press conference to promote the film, he talked about what the experience has meant to him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)