Warner Bros. has pushed the release date for the third “Hobbit” by five months to Dec. 17, 2014.
The Hobbit: There And Back Again” had been set to open on July 18, 2014.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has grossed $980 million worldwide since it opened on Dec.  14.

The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” opens Dec. 13.

All three films have been shot in 3D at 48 frames-per-second and will be released in a variety of formarts — High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

Warner Bros. and New Line cleared all hurdles in late July to creating the third installment of “The Hobbit,” leading to Jackson’s announcement on July 30 with the exepectation that the final pic would go in the summer of 2014.

The announcement of the delay avoids a clash on July 18, 2014, between the third “Hobbit” and Fox’s sequel to “X-Men: First Class.” Instead, the final “Hobbit” will open on a Wednesday, then face competition two days later from Disney’s launch of Brad Bird sci-fier “Tomorrowland” and Universal’s animated “Minions” toon.