The Hobbit breaks records

December 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Hitfix reports:

Peter Jackson‘s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has finally finished making its journey to the big screen, and Middle Earth fans sure missed the director-co-writer’s take on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The film, the first of three based on the slender 1937 tome “,” picked up an estimated $13 million in midnight screenings in the U.S. on Thursday night. It’s the best December midnight performance of all-time.

Opening on 3,100 theaters (it’s adding nearly 1,000 more today), and aided by inflated IMAX, 3D and 48 fps ticket prices, “The Hobbit” is expected to gross somewhere between $80 million to $90 million for the weekend, which should easily pass the previous December champ — the Will Smith’s epic “I Am Legend,” which scared up $77.2 million in 2007.

I’m off to see it today. Can’t wait.

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8 Responses to “The Hobbit breaks records”

  1. gopolks (52 comments) says:

    Good on Peter Jackson. Glad its done well.

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  2. Lance (2,709 comments) says:

    What could be more fun, going to a great movie and pissing off the far left at the same time.

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  3. Dave Stringer (190 comments) says:

    Saw it last night and was amazed at how wrong most of the critics are.
    We saw it in 48fps, 3D, Doldy extra-super-dooper and were immersed from the firts moment. We didn’t notice that there was something different in the frame-rate, but did notice a big difference in the 3D – it was fantastic! The work Sir Peter did to give the cameras the same width perception as the human face (apparently it was all done with mirrors,) makes a VERY big difference. THere is none of the ‘plane infront of plane’ that has been a feature of other 3D movies recently, there are no layers of depth, what you see is perspective as yopu are used to in the world. This makes the experience much more natural and removes the feeling of “I’m watching 3D” and gives instead a feeling of participation in the movement.
    As for the movie being ‘slow’, the critics need to get over themselves. When our mid-point order of drinks arrived I almost sent them back thinking they were much too early! The story is gripping, amusing and has a good flow to it, establishing relationships and historic perspectives that made sense of things that would have been isolated without that establishment.

    There is, however, 1 criticism I’d offer – the scene where the king walks through the jewelery factory goes past much too quickly. Mind you, as I was an extra in that scene I have an interest in our days f work representing more than 3 seconds on the screen, so don’t take the criticism too much to heart :-)

    Lord Peter of Miramar has a nice ring to it (pun intended) but Lord Peter of Middle Earth would go down much better I rather thank.

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  4. bringbackdemocracy (429 comments) says:

    Is the Labour party caucus having a private screening, or have they all rushed and seen it already?

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  5. landoftime (36 comments) says:

    The Hobbit is okay. The Lord of the Rings was better. I agree with the consensus that it is far too long.

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  6. B A W (100 comments) says:

    I doubt these figures account for inflation. Thus they are meaningless. What is the head count watching these films?

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  7. Anthony (768 comments) says:

    Of course they are not adjusted for inflation – if you did that then you’d hardly ever have the excitement of breaking records! Not totally meaningless because it means the best movie of the last few years but – but nothing more than that.

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  8. mandk (1,028 comments) says:

    Took my family to see the movie this afternoon and we all enthralled all the way through. Everything about it was excellent. And, no, it didn’t drag. A true masterpiece.

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