Midway Estimates Of A (Very) Long Holiday Weekend Show ‘Hobbit’ In The Lead

box-office-reportWith another few days and several major releases to go, the Christmas Holiday Weekend is far from over and bound to change by Wednesday’s return to the office. But, early estimates are in and (for now) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY sits high on the box office chart with a take of $36.7 m. In the #2 position, the pulpy TOM CRUISE crime drama, JACK REACHER, is a distant second with $15.6 m. Number 3 on the premature tally is JUDD APATOW’S domestic comedy THIS IS FORTY, with a take of $12 m. Rounding out the top five: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS ($5.9 M) and LINCOLN ($5.6 m).  We re-watched THE HOBBIT over the weekend and have to admit that its lengthy running time was a bit of a problem (for us, anyway). It seems hard to imagine that there are two more films slated to tell this short story. At the recent press conference to promote the film, HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS star IAN McKELLEN spoke with entertainment reporters about filmmaker PETER JACKSON’S controversial decision  to turn a single volume children’s book into an epic multi-feature franchise (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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‘The Hobbit’ Makes Very Expected Journey To Top Of Weekend Box Office Chart

wbo1Middle 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)
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‘Hobbit’ Director Peter Jackson Defends Controversial Choice To Divvy Up Source Material

hobbit_an_unexpected_journey_ver5Opening in theaters today, the highly-anticipated fantasy THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first of three installments in the big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S classic prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Directed by PETER JACKSON, the cast features MARTIN FREEMAN, LUKE EVANS, CATE BLANCHETT, ANDY SIRKIS, ELIJAH WOOD, IAN McKELLEN, ORLANDO BLOOM and HUGO WEAVING (to name just a fraction of the participants).  At the recent press conference to promote the film, director PETER JACKSON spoke with entertainment reporters who couldn’t wait to ask him about the decision to turn a single volume children’s book into an epic multi-feature franchise (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in several theatrical formats today

Martin Freeman Thrilled To Be The New Hobbit On The Block

hobbit_an_unexpected_journey_ver4Arriving in theaters tomorrow, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first in filmmaker PETER JACKSON’S epic three-installment big-screen adaptation of J. R. R. TOLKIEN’S classic children’s story that served as the introduction to Middle Earth and the universe of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Hugely anticipated despite the many misgivings fans have about breaking this story into so many pieces, the film promises to deliver visuals on par with his LOTR work (and beyond if you catch it in its 48 fps rendition). Starring in the leading role of Bilbo Bagins, actor MARTIN FREEMAN is a newcomer to Middle Earth and admitted, at the Manhattan press conference held last weekend, that he was a big fan of JACKSON’S LOTR work. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in theaters tomorrow

Peter Jackson’s Epic Telling Of ‘The Hobbit’ Introduces A New Poster And A (Kinda) New Trailer

hobbit-posterArriving in theaters later this year, THE HOBBIT is filmmaker PETER JACKSON’S epic three-installment big-screen adaptation of J. R. R. TOLKIEN’S classic children’s story that served as the introduction to Middle Earth and the universe of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. This new one-sheet is just a sample of the incredible artwork JACKSON has been presenting to tease the film and the attached trailer promises visuals on par with his LOTR work. Reuniting with JACKSON for a small role in THE HOBBIT is LORD OF THE RINGS star ORLANDO BLOOM, who admitted to us during a recent interview that he’d show up for the director anytime he calls. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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Despite criticisms that breaking this project into three parts has all the earmarks of a blatant cash-grab, if this trailer is any indication it’ll all be worth it.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in theaters 12/24