If you haven’t heard, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened today, and while it’s been plagued by mixed reviews, some quite damning, it hasn’t stopped the surge of excitement among fans eager to go back to Middle Earth. The film could break the opening box office record for December if things continue as they are. In the midnight openings alone The Hobbit earned roughly $13 million. For some comparison Will Smith’s I Am Legend, the current record holder, opened with a weekend gross of with $77.2 million in 2007. The second spot goes to James Cameron’s Avatar with $77 million. Avatar‘s opening days was a $26.8 million gross, and with The Hobbit already almost at half that things look good it’ll rule the box office in December come the weekend’s end.
Also released today was the last of Peter Jackson‘s video production blogs. It’s been a real treat to follow along with The Hobbit‘s progress through these blogs and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to when they return for The Desolation of Smaug. In this one it’s a rush to finish up post-production, then to the press junket and finally we join Peter and everyone at the world premiere in New Zealand.
And in the end we’re left with this final teasing image,
Have you already seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Did you love it or hate it?