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Mon Nov 24 08:51:39 SAST 2014

The Hobbit breaks $500 million mile stone

AFP Relaxnews | 29 December, 2012 10:54
Members of the Volto Nero performance group pose in costumes of characters from the film "The Hobbit" before its screening in Berlin.
Image by: THOMAS PETER / Reuters

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" has exceeded the milestone of $500 million in worldwide earnings since its December 12 release, announced the film's production companies this week.

In just two weeks, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Voyage" has earned $523.7M, with $179.7M from the US and $344M from international markets. The epic Middle-earth fantasy sold a record number of tickets in Australia on its release day there.

The journey of the "Hobbit" doesn't end there, but it will be a difficult one if the film is to see the same results as Peter Jackson's previous Tolkien trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings." That series's first installment, "The Fellowship of the Ring," brought in $870M, less than "The Two Towers" ($924M) and "The Return of the King." The final episode generated more than $1.1 billion, for the sixth-best worldwide box office performance of all time.

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