|Dec 14, 2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||$250,000,000||$84,617,303||$303,003,568||$1,017,003,568||Play|
|Dec 13, 2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||$250,000,000||$73,645,197||$258,366,855||$960,366,855||Play|
|Dec 17, 2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||$250,000,000||$54,724,334||$255,119,788||$955,119,788||Play|
Box Office History for The Hobbit Movies
|Mar 19, 2013||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||$35,993,950||$86,317,870||$122,311,820|
|Apr 8, 2014||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||$42,763,602||$62,041,347||$104,804,949|
|Mar 24, 2015||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||$27,921,720||$47,117,404||$75,039,124|
November 1st, 2016
October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory.
November 27th, 2015
It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. This week we will tackle first run releases, as well as franchise box sets. I'm going to try to keep it to a dozen or so releases, as these columns are notorious for getting out of hand. Also, while there were a record number of $1 billion box office hits, there were not as many first run releases that earned stellar reviews this year.
November 17th, 2015
It's an off week of sorts. The biggest release is extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In fact, there are five versions of this film that are near the top of the list. There are not a lot of other first-run releases on this week's list, which means we have to look to the classics for potential Pick of the Week contenders. Fortunately, there are plenty of those worth picking up. Leading the way is The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on Blu-ray. It is expensive, but you get a lot for your money. There is another top-notch release this week, Rush - R40 Live on DVD or Blu-ray, which wins the coveted Puck of the Week for best Canadian release.
April 13th, 2015
The DVD sales chart was top heavy with new releases. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earned first place with 682,000 units / $10.21 million, which is about on par with expectations. The Trilogy box set landed in 11th place with 33,000 units / $1.19 million.
April 13th, 2015
There were five or six new releases to reach the top twenty on the Blu-ray sales chart. Leading the way was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with 832,000 units / $23.28 million, giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 55%. This is a strong result, but not an unexpected one, as the film hits the right marks for strong sales on Blu-ray. It is a visually impressive film, it is a fantasy adventure film, and it is based on a popular franchise. The Battle of the Five Armies was also part of a franchise box set, which is the tenth best selling release of the week with 37,000 units / $1.87 million for a 53% opening week Blu-ray share. Technically these are two separate releases, but obviously they are connected enough to mention together.
March 24th, 2015
There are three $100 million theatrical hits arriving on the home market this week, which is amazing. However, that's really all that's coming out this week. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the biggest of these three hits, but it wasn't the best. The best is Into the Woods and given the lack of competition, the DVD or Blu-ray is the Pick of the Week.
January 1st, 2015
For the third week in a row, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies held onto first place with $89.0 million in 62 markets for totals of $405.1 million internationally and $573.6 million worldwide. The film opened in first place in Australia with $10.1 million on 603 screens, while the film was particularly strong in Poland earning $5.3 million on 699. By this time next week, it should be at $500 million internationally and $700 million worldwide, which is enough to break even, but not enough to keep pace with the franchise average.
December 30th, 2014
We are still dealing with studio estimates for the weekend numbers, but we can at least tell you what film won, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and roughly how much it earned, $41.42 million. The new releases were much closer than expected with Into the Woods and Unbroken both earning just over $30 million over the weekend. Because we don't have enough final numbers, we really can't compare the overall box office to last weekend or last year. So far, the final weekend of 2014 pulled in $200 million and that number should grow a little bit as box office numbers filter in. This is 52% more than last weekend and 2.3% more than the same weekend last year. I'm a little more bullish about January's box office chances after this result.
December 22nd, 2014
The Christmas break got off on a soft note with all three new wide releases failing to meet expectations by substantial numbers. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies got off to a good start on Wednesday, but plummeted the next day and couldn't recover. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb failed to live up to the low end of expectations, while Annie's opening at least came close to predictions. We are still missing some numbers. Overall, the box office rose by more than 60% from last weekend to $135 million and this figure should rise a little as other numbers filter in. However, it likely won't rise by enough to match the $140 million earned the same weekend last year. I really thought 2014 would end its year-over-year slump this weekend, but alas, it was not to be. Year-to-date, 2014 has earned $9.60 billion, which is 4.6% lower than last year's pace.
December 18th, 2014
For most, this weekend represents the beginning of the Christmas break, so it comes as no surprise that there are three potentially big hits coming out this week. I'm a little surprised none of them are getting overwhelmingly positive reviews. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is earning the best reviews of the week, but its Tomatometer Score is barely above 60%. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has been floating around 50% positive all week, while Annie is being destroyed by critics. This weekend last year, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned first place for the second weekend in a row. Meanwhile, the new releases were less impressive, as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues earned second place with $26.23 million and Walking with Dinosaurs landed in the lower half of the top ten. The depth this year won't be as strong, but I still think 2014 will finally end its slump and win in the year-over-year comparison.
December 17th, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies started its international run earning first place with $122.2 million on 15,395 screens in 37 markets. Not only did it earn the best opening of The Hobbit Trilogy, but it was often times the biggest opening in Peter Jackson's career, or even occasionally in Warner Bros' history. Its biggest opening came in Germany where it pulled in $20.5 million on 1,442 screens. Next up was the U.K. and France, which had nearly identical openings of $15.2 million on 1,489 screens and $15.1 million on 914 screens respectively. It earned $13.56 million on 2,390 screens in Russia. Brazil and Mexico were neck-and-neck with $6.8 million on 1,037 screens and $6.3 million on 2,775 screens respectively. It earned $2.4 million on 640 screens in Japan, which seems low compared to the other markets, but it is nearly double the debut The Desolation of Smaug earned.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Ian Holm||2||Old Bilbo||$1,972,123,356||$6,448,270,917||30.6%|
|Stephen Fry||2||Master of Laketown||$1,915,486,643||$4,400,690,000||43.5%|
|Timothy Bartlett||2||Master Worrywort||$1,972,123,356||$2,859,334,341||69.0%|
|Sarah Peirse||2||Hilda Bianca||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Guillermo Del Toro||3||Screenwriter (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,612,794,855||52.2%|
|J.R.R. Tolkien||3||Based on the Novel by (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,895,804,182||49.7%|
|Alan Horn||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Ken Kamins||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$4,035,512,401||72.7%|
|Carolyn Blackwood||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Andrew Lesnie||3||Director of Photography (3)||$2,932,490,211||$7,960,187,386||36.8%|
|Jabez Olssen||3||Editor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$3,577,902,016||82.0%|
|Eileen Moran||3||Co-Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
Assistant Director (2)
Unit Production Manager (2)
|Howard Shore||3||Music Compsed, Orchestrated & Conducted by (3)||$2,932,490,211||$10,671,852,566||27.5%|
|Amy Hubbard||3||U.K. Casting by (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,935,634,109||99.9%|
|John Hubbard||3||U.K. Casting by (3)||$2,932,490,211||$6,950,904,078||42.2%|
U.S. Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
|Joe Letteri||3||Senior Visual Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$9,222,949,159||31.8%|
U.S. Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
New Zealand Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
|Ann Maskrey||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,940,712,480||99.7%|
|Bob Buck||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$3,097,174,766||94.7%|
Casting (Australia) (2)
Additional Casting (1)
|David Clayton||3||Animation Supervisor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
Costume Designer (3)
Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Makeup (1)
Special Make up Effects-Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Make up (1)
|Matthew Dravitzki||3||Associate Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Amanda Walker||3||Associate Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Eric Saindon||3||Visual Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,844,784,732||50.2%|
|Christopher Boyes||3||Re-recording Mixer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$32,223,678,302||9.1%|
|Glenn Boswell||3||Stunt Coordinator (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,936,824,030||49.4%|
|Mark Atkin||3||scale double - Thorin Oakenshield (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Toby Emmerich||2||Executive Producer (2)||$1,977,370,423||$8,364,911,307||23.6%|
|Dan Hennah||2||Production Designer (2)||$1,977,370,423||$3,795,079,045||52.1%|
Additional Casting (1)
Casting Director-New Zealand Casting (1)
|Brigitte Yorke||2||Unit Production Manager (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Andy Serkis||2||Second Unit Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Brent Burge||2||Supervising Sound Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,325,372,421||82.4%|
|David Farmer||2||Sound Designer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$4,017,708,321||47.7%|
Sound Designer (1)
Sound Editor (1)
|Michael Hedges||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$3,668,070,679||52.2%|
|Michael Semanick||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$13,735,058,664||13.9%|
|Mark Willsher||2||Music Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
Dialogue Editor (1)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
|Simon Bright||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$5,480,836,420||34.9%|
|Andy McLaren||2||Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$4,699,405,625||40.8%|
|Brad Mill||2||Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,018,024,542||94.9%|
|Joshua Levinson||2||Post-Production Supervisor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,661,586,697||72.0%|
|Brian Massey||2||Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Tony Johnson||2||Sound Mixer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,276,980,811||84.1%|
|Martin Kwok||2||Dialogue Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,112,918,990||90.7%|
|Ray Beentjes||2||Dialogue Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,018,024,542||94.9%|
|Matt Stutter||2||Dialogue Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Stephanie Weststrate||2||Production Supervisor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|