The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made just over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, a tremendous success no matter what way you look at it, and a good sign for Warner Bros, the studio that took a chance on Peter Jackson to catch lightening in a bottle for a return sojourn through Middle Earth. With two movies to go, what could possible be the dark cloud in this bright sky?
How about $561 million in production costs on the trilogy so far? That’s the number Variety reported after obtaining financial documents filed in New Zealand, home base for Jackson and all things Hobbit related. That $561 million (or $676 million in New Zealand money) covers all aspects of production through March 31st this year, so it doesn’t cover the recent reshoots, the majority of post-production on part 2 The Desolation of Smaug or any of the post on part3, There and Back Again.
How does that compare to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy? Good question.
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