Thursday, April 18, 2024

Box Office: Part 2 of “The Hobbit” Faces Trouble from Snow, Smaug


Things don’t look so good for “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.” Maybe no one knows what the title means. Anyway, smaug won’t be the weather problem affecting this movie. Snow is going to hurt its box office tonight.And that’s not good since last night “Desolation” opened to a healthy but disappointing $31 million. That’s around $6 million less than “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” or Part 1. I think the Tolkein effect is starting to wear off.

Reviews were better for Part 2 than Part 1. But that doesn’t seem to matter. Frankly, after getting seasick in Part 1 with the special way it was filmed, and the 3D, I’m done anyway. “Desolation” will finish the weekend lagging behind “Journey” but by the time Part 3 comes out, and the whole thing has been milked on DVD packages etc, Peter Jackson will be able to build extra New Zealands all over the world.

A tip of the hat to the Weinsteins, who had the original “Lord of the Rings” rights, and Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye who made the original movies at New Line.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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