The Hobbit, considered the most anticipated movie this year, hit the world on December 14 broke the record for most money on a movie in December. The box office reports $84.8 million the first weekend in theaters. The Hobbit earned that $84.8 million from 4,045 theaters, giving it a powerful $20,958 per theater average. Included in that theater count were 326 IMAX locations, which accounted for $10.1 million of the weekend gross, as well as 461 locations that showed the film in the controversial 48 frames per second rate. About 49 percent of The Hobbit‘s weekend take came from 3-D showings.
The Hobbit starts out with the dwarf city, the most powerful city in all of Middle Earth being destroyed and taken down from a hunger for gold, Dragon called a Fire Drake. The dwarf’s warriors are forced out and most of all of them are killed. Then the movie rolls to an older Bilbo Baggins; he explains how he hasn’t told his story to Frodo and or the world yet. They are beginning to set up for his party in the first Lord of the rings, the Fellowship Of The Ring, where he disappears. You see Frodo for about 3 minutes; he sets a sign on Bilbo’s fence door for his party. Then it shows Bilbo sitting down and he begins to write his story with a quill and a stack of paper.
The real adventure begins with Bilbo meeting Gandalf. Gandalf knows Bilbo but Bilbo does not know Gandalf. Gandalf wants to talk to Bilbo but Bilbo doesn’t want to. Gandalf leaves and then dwarves start showing up. The dwarfs just barge their way in and one by one all the way up to 13. They keep coming and taking his food for dinner. Once Bilbo figures out what is going an they invite him on there journey to their kingdom where the Fire Drake reeked havoc. He declines at first but then the next morning realizes he needs to go and the journey begins.
The Hobbit, running 2 hours and 46 minutes is an outstanding thrill ride as you watch them take on anything and everything. The movie was about what you would expect in length for a lord of the rings movie, but in no way was it a snore fest. If you go see it in 3-D even better, Peter Jackson keeps up the suspense and outdone himself with the prequel to the three most adventurous ever made. Being in 3-D it looked real with a twist of objects coming out at you. The Hobbit is a must see of 2012. Running at 48 frames per second you feel like you’re actually there. It couldn’t get any more real. The 48 frames per second speed was put into the movie. It did make some car sick but over all it made it look even more realistic that in already was. This was due to motion sickness, although it made it very real looking and the animations look even better. Ending the year with a bang the Hobbit did and will continue to blow away the box office.
By Trevor Dyer