• Big Numbers Already In For Peter Jackson’s Hobbit


    BURBANK (CNS) – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has passed the $500 million benchmark at the worldwide box office, it was announced today.

    To date, the blockbuster directed by Peter Jackson has earned an estimated $179.7 million domestically and $344 million internationally, for a global total of $523.7 million, according to New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Studios.

    “We are extremely gratified by the response of moviegoers who love the film and, in many cases, are taking this terrifically entertaining journey to Middle-earth more than once,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domeswtic distribution.

    “We anticipate that positive word of mouth and repeat viewings will continue to result in strong returns well into the New Year,” he said.

    Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis star in the first of a trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

    The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

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