THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Crossed $500 Million Mark Worldwide

     December 27, 2012


Though it’s only been in theaters for less than two weeks, director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has already crossed the $500 million mark worldwide at the box office.  It’s current $523.7 million total is definitely an impressive achievement—especially since Return of the King made $1.1 billion worldwide in total—but the fact remains that the film’s domestic box office is a tad soft.  The film dropped 56% from its opening weekend total of $84 million to $36.9 million in its second weekend, and that’s with higher 3D ticket prices.  Hit the jump for more.

hobbit-unexpected-journey-imax-poster-richard-armitageThe mixed reviews for An Unexpected Journey coupled with the HFR controversy and formidable box office competition in the form of Les Miserables and Django Unchained have prevented The Hobbit from the total domestic box office domination that the Lord of the Rings films enjoyed in the weeks following their release.  In fact, the $36.9 million second-week gross is smaller than the second-week grosses of any of the Lord of the Rings films.  That being said, its current $179.7 million domestic total is nothing to scoff at, and perhaps it’s a bit unfair to compare The Hobbit trilogy to The Lord of the Rings.

Studios make most of their money back through international box office, and The Hobbit doesn’t seem to be having much trouble connecting with audiences in the foreign marketplace.  The film’s international total now stands at $344 million, and it broken the record for the biggest Boxing Day opening of all time in Australia.  Read the press release below.

BURBANK, CA, December 27, 2012 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has surpassed the $500 million benchmark at the worldwide box office. To date, the blockbuster has earned an estimated $179.7 million domestically. In addition, on the heels of its record-breaking release in Australia — the biggest Boxing Day opening of all time — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has grossed an estimated $344 million internationally, for a staggering global total of $523.7 million, and still steadily climbing. The joint announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios; Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Aa production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Pictures, it’s the acclaimed first film in Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit Trilogy, based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

  • bubba

    Im sorry to say I contributed $16 to that embarressment. If Tolkien’s spirit hasnt made for the Grey Havens these past decades, he sure is now!

    • slow

      So dont bother with the next two installments and go see the bakshi version instead.

    • Sal

      Thank you! <3<3<3 Agree 100% but I only paid 8 euro which is like 11 $ :P

    • Truthsayer

      Well, you’re an idiot, so I don’t know what more to say. :/

    • upendra

      i paid 300 rupees ( approx. $6) in india to watch in HFR 3D.. it was worth it :)

      • bubba

        I once saw Snakes on a Plane in Mumbai. I just wanted to be in a place with aircon for a couple hours. It was well worth it but they cut the boob scene. :)

    • molly

      Well I’m happy to say I paid Australia’s usual extortionate $26 to see this film on Boxing Day apparently along with many, many others in my country and have already spent another $26 for a Saturday night encore. Worth every penny. The critics like it here too, only seems to be the US that has a problem with it.

      • jamie douglas

        Loved the movie! Can’t wait to see the other 2.

    • Pocketses

      This was easily the most faithful adaptation of the book of the four films so far, the additions were taken from the material provided by Tolkien, and god, I have to say, I find it infinitely amusing when “fans” think they know the feelings and intentions of their favorite artists.

      How do you know he’d be upset at the film? It had the spirit of the book, covered every major plot point in the time it was covering, and added good material that helps flesh out the story of tolkien’s entire saga.

      The film was good, if you didn’t like it, fine. Deal with it, though. Don’t bitch, moan and pretend to know what Tolkien would or would not have approved of.

      • bubba

        Considering I have read practically every published word of JRRT, my opinion does have some credibility. For the record I really liked FOTR, saw it multiple times in the theatre. I also thought the first third of the Two Towers was worthy but it went downhill after that. What started out as a fantastic modern classic of cinema turned into a typical Hollywood spectical of cartoony bad guys and protagonists with flimsy motivations. Please dont get me started on all the additional material they say was in the Appendices of the ROTK. Its a bunch of hooey!

  • Eggtar

    Loved The Hobbit, feel like seeing it again…

    • Lexavi80

      Me too!!!

  • TotesMcGotes

    Loved it,saw it twice. There’s no 48 fps here though,so I can’t say anything about that. Really looking foward to the other two parts.

  • adnan

    So happy to see it succeeding. Will definitely check it out again soon.

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Not to worry. Les Miserabes & Django Unchained will crash and burn after the holidays and The Hobbit will keep the journey going. I saw it on the standard showing and hopefully I’ll make it to the 3D showing tomorrow (not IMAX though, just not impressed).

    • Adam K

      That doesn’t mean anything considering The Hobbit was suppose to make far more money than either of those two movies.

    • Truthsayer

      Django and Les Mis have been dropped 33% in a single day whereas The Hobbit has earned slightly more than the day before and will top them in a day, maybe two. It has the staying power that the other 2 lack.

  • Sal

    Thank you! Agree 100% but I only paid 8 euro which is like 11 $ :P

  • Willie Kyotee

    It’s astonishing how resistant the internet geeks are to new technology. A generation that has embraced the internet and the digital age stands firm that Cg is horrible, redesigns are abhorrent, and HFR is an abomination.
    It’s sad that the first generation with access to such wonderful new advancements in technology is running around wearing clothes from the thirties, listening to music from the 80′s, and being all around luddites.
    Sad, so sad. Go and do better or STFU.
    You’re opinion, is just that.

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  • gotheeem

    i think pete did a fantastic job and was amazed at the 48 fps in imax. i know most people hate the
    “soe” but i think as technology advances this is the future of resolutions. i mean now we have 82″ 4k tv’s for consumer sale and before long it will be 8k etc….

    how cool would it be if we can have technology that we only see in movies as of now- holographic tv’s on walls with resolution so realistic it’s as if we are right there. ala the original total recall.

    just my 2 cents.

  • EE

    Not everyone in America is evil and evryone in the world is capable of evil. Hitler killed 6 millon people! anyway The Hobbit was so good and anyone that says different is is just stating an opinion. technically its amazing and the story is completley faithful to the book.Tolkien would be blown away by technology adnmovies one else could do better with middle earth

  • ScaredForMovies

    Better start banning prescription drugs while they’re at it.