‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Tops $500 Million Worldwide

Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug

Strong international performance mirrors 'An Unexpected Journey'

Fueled by foreign fans, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has crossed the $500 million mark in worldwide grosses.

“Smaug,” co-produced by New Line and MGM, hit the milestone in two weeks after its day-and-date launch in nearly all markets.

Peter Jackson’s tentpole has been leading the U.S. market ever since with grosses crossing the $160 million mark as of Thursday, when it took in over $10 million in its 14th day.

Internationally, “Smaug” has eclipsed $340 million in 57 markets, led by strong U.K. grosses that have been on a par with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” ‘Smaug” opened in Australia on Boxing Day on Thursday with $4.9 million.

The actual total was $504 million — $160.5 million domestically and $343.5 million internationally with Warner Bros. domestic distribution topper Dan Fellman predicting a strong run for several more weeks.

“Peter Jackson has delivered the perfect holiday treat for moviegoers,” he said. “We anticipate that the film will continue to have terrific playability well into the new year as more people join in the adventure or return to experience it again and again.”

The impressive foreign box office for “Smaug” mirrors that of the first “Hobbit” film, which took in over 70% of its coin internationally with $714 million to go along with a U.S. cume of $303 million. “An Unexpected Journey” is the 16th highest worldwide and one of only 17 films to crack the $1 billion worldwide mark.

“Smaug” opens in China on Feb 21 and in Japan on Feb 28.

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  1. andre says:

    renee then u have no tast in movie i think “The lake house ” should be one ud enjoy leave the masterpeace for those with tast

  2. Renee S. says:

    I saw “The Hobbit” last night. Thought is was pretty awful. No real storyline (yes, I read the books). Mostly parts for bit players. The major players were never really involved in the story.

    • Stone says:

      You litterly have no taste in movies then this movie is a great cinematic film I’m excited to see the next chapter There and back again of Peter Jackson’s trilogy the guys a genius and the best director out there I hope after they go after lord of the rings with Manu Bennett as the main character make It about the Great War part 2 15 years after return of the king orcs elves and man in an open feild battle

  3. Fan says:

    Being a big fan of fantasy I would rather watch a well put together movie than one that is pieced together or leaves me hanging at the end.

    LOTR, Harry Potter and the original Star Wars all took their time in telling the stories letting you get to know the characters and they didn’t just give you a skeleton frame work for the story. They fleshed it out with the unique and unexpected in each character and world with a good balance.

    Another is the ending – they left with a feeling that the characters had a future, although that part of their story is ended. In Harry Potter you even got a glimpse of Draco with his family, telling you he came out alright. In LOTR for those that got on the boat you were left with a happy feeling. They were anticipating something good and Sam went back to something good. These weren’t just flat endings of “now what” nor tried to force a happy ending on you. It came naturally from the characters and their world.

    I guess in short – these movies left you feeling you were apart of the adventure/fight, and in the end you parted with good friends on good terms. That is what makes a good fantasy movie – one where you will want to go back and “relive” the adventure with your “friends” (by watching the movie over and over – LOL) just like you would in real life.

  4. iakashpatil says:

    $1 billion worldwide coming up

  5. John D. says:

    When will fantasy be considered for acting awards? (and i don’t mean the one used in the picture that accompanies this article)

  6. Adam Russell says:

    We can’t lose faith. The potential for quality fantasy films other than the Tolkien series, is alive and well (Harry Potter, Narnia, Hunger Games, et al.). We have to hope as the common movie goer that movies like 47 Ronin will not slow the process of literature to silver screen to a near complete halt – where projects are back-burnered for fear of financial failure. If anything, movies like 47 Ronin should be a learning event (a costly one at that). Production should never begin unless a viable writer/director team can be formulated (imagine George RR Martin/Stephen King and Ridley Scott/Peter Jackson/Christopher Nolan teaming up).

    The 500 million dollar success of The Desolation of Smaug, goes to show that quality fantasy titles are sought after. So why aren’t directors mass producing quality films? Why don’t they literally cut and paste story from a New York Times best selling author straight to the silver screen? I honestly wish I knew.

    The movie market has been a dead zone for years in this regard. Countless books sit on a shelf..or now in E-space, never to be transformed And sadly, with so much literature just waiting to be reborn, how many well rated medieval fantasy movies can you count on one hand other than the Lord of the Rings franchise? How many fantasy movies of whatever period for that matter? When I looked up a list of great fantasy adventure movies (great as in, well regarded through box-office success)…I saw much of the listings as being sequential parts of the same story. So top ten for the 2000s might have read a few Star Wars movies and most of Harry Potter.

    This is not to say that literature is always going to successfully transfer to the silver screen. The 47 Ronin should be the example of what can go wrong when taking a tale from theater/Japanese folklore (as was in this case) and putting it up on the silver screen. So again, let’s learn from this? Let us follow the real bread winners in this caustic mess of failed movies.

    Peter Jackson has created a new rising bar for all future fantasy screenplay writers to follow. Shamefully, like the screenwriters that are tackling Marvel and DC Comics story arcs…there’s a ton of quality story out there and yet so much ego and narcissism prevails over who has the rights to the pie that the common movie goer suffers. So why aren’t there more great movies? I can personally think of a half dozen fantasy novels that should be alive and well in Hollywood for upcoming projects: Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman (this could be the next Lord of the Rings…yet, who would know?), the Belgariad, by David Eddings (for those who prefer the George RR Martin style of writing)…The Elfstones of Shanarra, by Terry Brooks…On a Pale Horse, by Piers Anthony, The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E Feist….The list is endless and that’s just a bit from the 1980s. Disgusting shame this level of literature is just sitting forgotten for the most part.

    I’m convinced there’s an “if I don’t get to direct this story then no one will” attitude at the top levels of entertainment. This explains why a potentially amazing story self implodes on release, ala Dungeons and Dragons, Green Lantern and Conan the remake. Scary world out there for fantasy adventure lovers – at least Peter Jackson gives us some hope!

    • Maria Pinochet says:

      I’m with you mate. I also would love a dragonlance movie since I read the books in 2005. I have nothing against DC or marvel, but I crave for more fantasy movies ^^. They are wonderful books waiting to be made-movies.

  7. The Kingslayer says:

    Another example of how the international market is more important than the American market.

    • Archibald Doogan says:

      Um…what? 150 million people capable of going to and paying to see a movie versus 3.5 billion around the world? Yet the American market does about 1/3 the business of the rest of the world combined? Are you delusional?

      Anyway, the reason there isn’t more fantasy on screen is because LotR set the bar ridiculously high. It’s the greatest fantasy and it was so well executed that most everything else will fall short before it gets a chance. Also, a lot of fantasy out there is a direct ripoff of Tolkien’s work (which also happens to be the most popular), so it would be like watching a bunch of cheap knockoffs.

      The fans are also a problem: they bitch about the changes when someone translates a book to film, without taking into account that a film is a much shorter space with which to work. Pacing, character development, and exposition all have to happen in a tighter window, all while appealing to a general audience (re: lowest common denominator), not just the hardcore purists. Most of the changes were for the better, from a cinematic standpoint, as characters like Tom Bombadil would have been terrible for the advancement of the plot of Rings. “The Ring is the most terrifying evil thing in the history of ever and it must be destroyed! But wait…there’s a pot-smoking Maia and his hippie wife early in the story who are completely immune to it’s effects. That’s dumb.” The Ring would have had no validity. That is concurrently why the scene with Beorn in ‘Smaug’ was worthless. It does nothing to advance the main story and just feels like filler.

      Those things work in a book because the reader gets to decide the pace of the story him/herself.

    • Joel Sims says:

      Eddings, Feist, Brooks, Anthony, and McCaffrey alone could fuel a hundred movies. Then there is classic Sci-Fi authors. Time to get busy Hollywood!!!

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