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IT's OFFICIAL: THE HOBBIT BREAKS 1 BILLION

macfalk
Valinor


Mar 3 2013, 6:21pm

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IT's OFFICIAL: THE HOBBIT BREAKS 1 BILLION Can't Post

Total Lifetime Grosses Domestic: $301,134,992 30.1% + Foreign: $700,000,000 69.9%
= Worldwide: $1,001,134,992



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


macfalk
Valinor


Mar 3 2013, 6:22pm

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Link: [In reply to] Can't Post

http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=hobbit.htm

Grats everyone, welcome to the 1 billion club.



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


ArwenU
The Shire

Mar 3 2013, 6:23pm

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Woo Hoo!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Ce-le-brate good times come on!


(This post was edited by ArwenU on Mar 3 2013, 6:24pm)


sauget.diblosio
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 6:25pm

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Yay! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations to all involved!


(This post was edited by sauget.diblosio on Mar 3 2013, 6:29pm)


Glorfindela
Valinor

Mar 3 2013, 6:31pm

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Terrific! [In reply to] Can't Post

Many congratulations to PJ and the rest of the creative people who worked on the film!


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Total Lifetime Grosses Domestic: $301,134,992 30.1% + Foreign: $700,000,000 69.9%
= Worldwide: $1,001,134,992



Carne
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 6:44pm

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Yay! [In reply to] Can't Post

Happy for everyone involved with the production Smile


Vangalad
Lorien


Mar 3 2013, 6:51pm

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Flop! [In reply to] Can't Post

Tongue

Cheers everyone! Let's wish the rest of the journey to be even more exciting and enjoyable.


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Not all those who wander are lost,
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.


Estel78
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 6:54pm

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Nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

I made it this weekend, after all. Smile


Jim
Rivendell


Mar 3 2013, 6:57pm

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Congrats!!.. [In reply to] Can't Post

to PJ and the rest of the crew, another billion dollar movie achieved (In today's money). What is the expected ceiling now? The Dark Knight will certainly be overtaken.


Silmaril
Rohan


Mar 3 2013, 7:05pm

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FINALLY!!!!! congrats to pj and co. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Mar 3 2013, 7:06pm

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It was bound to eventually [In reply to] Can't Post

After three months in theatres and a truly global release should we have expected anything less?

Still, a milestone has been achieved even if its effect is largely psychological. Congratulations to anyone with a stake in the films' success.

Smile


macfalk
Valinor


Mar 3 2013, 7:09pm

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I suspect [In reply to] Can't Post

That the movie would have passed the 1 billion mark by early February if it's release in China not been pushed back two and a half months compared to the rest of the world.



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Estel78
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 7:15pm

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Of course i meant to write "It made it this weekend" // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


sauget.diblosio
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 7:18pm

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Yeah ha ha... [In reply to] Can't Post

They really do need to raise the edit ceiling.


Carne
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 7:19pm

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Haha, agree [In reply to] Can't Post

1 hour would be more fitting.


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 3 2013, 7:34pm

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Finally! [In reply to] Can't Post

Well done. Smile $1 billion well spent!


Owain
Tol Eressea


Mar 3 2013, 7:35pm

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Great to see! // [In reply to] Can't Post

Smile

Middle Earth is New Zealand!

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Owain
Tol Eressea


Mar 3 2013, 8:04pm

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Here is a Hollywood Reporter article on the milestone. [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/...e-hobbit-hits-425757

Middle Earth is New Zealand!

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."


Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 8:06pm

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Now that I've fixed my posting problem [In reply to] Can't Post

Le me be allowed to congratulate that complete and utter failure and abomination of a film that no one would like nor ever should have seen the light of day..

Just kidding, just kidding!

Hear Hear and Hip Hip Hooray for The Hobbit!


ShireHorse
Rohan

Mar 3 2013, 8:22pm

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Three cheers from me too! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been biting my fingernails ever since it opened in China - I thought that all those pirated copies might have seriously dented the market. But it looks as though it quite possibly earned around $40m in the first 10 days.


QuackingTroll
Valinor


Mar 3 2013, 8:26pm

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Where I'm from that's known as a thousand million, not a billion. ;) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


ryouko
Lorien

Mar 3 2013, 8:29pm

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Well what every you call it, [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a whole lot of money! Wink

Congrats to cast and crew! Heart


painjoiker
Grey Havens


Mar 3 2013, 8:53pm

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Finally! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll drink a beer for this!

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Lio
Lorien


Mar 3 2013, 9:35pm

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Ding! [In reply to] Can't Post

Great, now let's go for another billion!

Okay, maybe with the next movie. Wink

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Elessar
Valinor


Mar 3 2013, 9:42pm

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two thumbs up [In reply to] Can't Post

Pleased that it made it to this mark and yet another reason why Middle-earth is the best thing ever. Cool



AinurOlorin
Half-elven


Mar 3 2013, 10:12pm

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I had JUST seen that on their site, and made a facebook post about it! [In reply to] Can't Post

You must have bending your palantir in that direction all day just as I have been. Note also, they have NOT yet updated the American weekend profit, so that number may yet increase by a hundred thousand or so. Cool

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Total Lifetime Grosses Domestic: $301,134,992 30.1% + Foreign: $700,000,000 69.9%
= Worldwide: $1,001,134,992


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Brethil
Half-elven


Mar 3 2013, 10:25pm

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Bazinga! and ***applause*** all around for making the mark [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, what was up with that? Couldn't read any of your posts this am.


Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 10:29pm

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Let's just say [In reply to] Can't Post

I hammed up the profile area while trying to change my password and somehow hit the stupid avatar button and uploaded god knows what breaking the boards and causing much consternation for me and the mods. Sammy will not be touching the profile button ever..again...


sauget.diblosio
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 10:38pm

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A bit of strategy? [In reply to] Can't Post

Is it coincidence that WB announced the news of TaBA's move to Dec. just before it hit 1 billion? Then, if fan reaction were bad, it would quickly be overtaken with this good news. Turns out they needn't have worried, as it seems most are happy with the move anyway. Just a guess.


Glorfindela
Valinor

Mar 3 2013, 11:13pm

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Watch it, you… [In reply to] Can't Post


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Le me be allowed to congratulate that complete and utter failure and abomination of a film that no one would like nor ever should have seen the light of day..

Just kidding, just kidding!

Hear Hear and Hip Hip Hooray for The Hobbit!


Just kidding. Tongue


Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 11:16pm

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Hehe [In reply to] Can't Post

Laugh


totoro
Lorien

Mar 3 2013, 11:35pm

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Sounds like you are looking for an excuse... [In reply to] Can't Post


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I'll drink a beer for this!

... I think I'll have one, too. For this.


totoro
Lorien

Mar 3 2013, 11:40pm

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Not to take anything away from the billion (or thousand million)... [In reply to] Can't Post

... but I thought the big deal was beating Harry Potter 1. In a finite series of half-a-dozen, give or take, the last HP beat RotK, and several HPs beat TTT. So it seemed to me a pretty big deal for AUJ to pass HP, as it was essentially a fourth in a series of 6. It seemed likely to both beat HP (other than the last) and notch $1B, but which is more significant depends upon your priorities, I guess.

I wonder if this sucker is going to be able to limp past Phantom Menace.


ArwenU
The Shire

Mar 3 2013, 11:46pm

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or according to New Line bookkeepers ... [In reply to] Can't Post

"horrendous losses" Tongue


MasterOrc
Rivendell


Mar 3 2013, 11:47pm

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Not an Unexpected Journey... [In reply to] Can't Post

to 1 Billion. Cograts to all...


totoro
Lorien

Mar 3 2013, 11:50pm

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I know, right? [In reply to] Can't Post


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"horrendous losses" Tongue

I understand how we have a bunch of dudes from Harvard business school who can run a business so that nobody knows what the hell is going on, but how can they find a spokesman to actually say this stuff? I simply would not be able to do it. Or maybe I just don't realize how much the spokespersons make, and they are happy to tell a little fib for a lot of money.


Old Toby
Grey Havens


Mar 3 2013, 11:52pm

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Bravo Bravo!!! *Wild applause* [In reply to] Can't Post

It's just so gratifying for me to see this movie, that I love so much, make an indecent amount of cash! So, for all the critics and naysayers who thought this movie was a flop.....ppppffffffffftttttttt!! Go eat dirt!! TongueSly

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ringme
The Shire

Mar 3 2013, 11:55pm

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KLF [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah but is breaking a billion better than burning a million like the pop group KLF supposedly did


Bombadil
Half-elven


Mar 4 2013, 2:18am

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Rock On [In reply to] Can't Post

youtu.be/jE0ukoL7sW8


(This post was edited by Bombadil on Mar 4 2013, 2:20am)


Kimtc
Rohan


Mar 4 2013, 3:45am

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They just got more of my $$ added to the pot! [In reply to] Can't Post

To celebrate this news I went to see it again (as Arwen would say) one last time. Because I want to make sure they give everyone bonuses!


macfalk
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 7:05am

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It's possible, I guess [In reply to] Can't Post

Phantom Menace was released twice, though, before the rerelease that movie was way below 1 billion.



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Rostron2
Gondor


Mar 4 2013, 4:00pm

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Yay [In reply to] Can't Post

*worlds tiniest band plays Hallelujah Chorus*


bborchar
Rohan


Mar 4 2013, 4:35pm

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Not even a valid comparison... [In reply to] Can't Post

Phantom Menace grossed $924.3 million worldwide during its initial run in theaters - it only broke the 1 billion mark during it's second release over a decade later when it made $102.7 million. The Hobbit has been out for three months.


Ardamírë
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 5:12pm

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Still not a valid comparison [In reply to] Can't Post

Don't forget about inflation and 3D ticket sales.

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells in the steeple, too.
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird is popping out to say coo-coo (coo-coo, coo-coo).


macfalk
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 5:29pm

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The re-release of Phantom Menace was in 3D [In reply to] Can't Post

And well, it's hard to calculate what the Phantom Menace's "foreign" gross was adjusted-for-inflation (I have never seen such a list, probably because it would take ages to calculate so many currencies)



The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Ardamírë
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 5:42pm

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But that was a rerelease [In reply to] Can't Post

Not initial theatrical run. Obviously, that was just in 2D and at a much lower ticket price.

And yeah, I have no idea how to calculate any of that other stuff. The Hobbit has done very well, and I really just don't see the need to compare it (especially without setting specific variables) to a movie that came out 14 years ago and everyone loves to pick apart.

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells in the steeple, too.
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird is popping out to say coo-coo (coo-coo, coo-coo).


imin
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 5:53pm

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Well done AUJ [In reply to] Can't Post

Finally made it.

Does anyone know where to find out information on how many actual tickets were sold?


Marionette
Rohan


Mar 4 2013, 6:07pm

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There you have it, well deserved and... [In reply to] Can't Post

imagine boxoffice for There and Back Again then Smile

So, people are speaking, the movie is great.Heart


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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Mar 4 2013, 6:52pm

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Well there we go [In reply to] Can't Post

Like it or lump it, (I love it), the film has been successful overall, something which is somewhat surprising given a) The reviews and b) The pretty poor advertising (at least here in the UK, there was almost nothing promoting the film's release a week prior, save the odd TV spot and *very occasional* poster in the window. You literally had to walk into a book shop to find out anything about the movie's existence).Laugh

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Glorfindela
Valinor

Mar 4 2013, 11:24pm

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I saw no advertising in the UK [In reply to] Can't Post

Compared with the LOTR films, there was nothing barring that pretty poor poster of the Dwarves on buses, which only showed up once the film had been released. LOTR was all over the place – in supermarkets, eating places, even the Post Office – and each film even had its colour coding.

I loved AUJ too. Am going to see it again tomorrow, sadly only in ordinary 3D (which I don't like much), rather than my preferred high frame rate version, which I can't see anywhere. Still, beggars can't be choosers – I'll take what I can get.


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Like it or lump it, (I love it), the film has been successful overall, something which is somewhat surprising given a) The reviews and b) The pretty poor advertising (at least here in the UK, there was almost nothing promoting the film's release a week prior, save the odd TV spot and *very occasional* poster in the window. You literally had to walk into a book shop to find out anything about the movie's existence).Laugh



tolktolk
Lorien

Mar 5 2013, 12:38am

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Not to be argumentative... [In reply to] Can't Post

But I am in the UK and there was a ton of promotion for the film, including loads of press coverage, TV specials, guest appearances on all the usual shows, live coverage of the Royal premiere etc etc.

This has nothing to do with the film hitting the billion, which is great news, I am just surprised you seem to have missed it all - I think you would have enjoyed it!


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 5 2013, 7:33am

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There was a lot of coverage once the film was released [In reply to] Can't Post

Especially within the same week. Before the film though there was very, very little advertising. I remember saying at the time that advertising the film in run-up is just as important as advertising the film once it has been released.


Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Mar 5 2013, 3:06pm

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The marketing [In reply to] Can't Post

Even in the US other than the trailers and the posters, the marketing was not that great compared to LOTR. For one thing, Sideshow collectibles did not get on board till late. I think they still don't have stuff out there yet (but Im sure they will over the next year or so). Sideshow was a huge component of the LOTR marketing. I have a good portion of their products and that kind of thing, the board games, etc. really marketed the film. Although they did some of that I don't know I felt like the marketing just wasn't there. Maybe it's just me and I wasn't paying attention. There was media hype over it for sure and the trailer was out there, I just didn't feel like it was a cohesive marketing effort and WB was mainly using word of mouth to get the move out there. Other people's mileage may vary, of course.

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Glorfindela
Valinor

Mar 5 2013, 5:31pm

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Well, like you, Ham [In reply to] Can't Post

…it could just be that I wasn't paying attention. I also don't as a rule frequent Internet forums because I don't have the time for that (too busy with work), so would have missed all those videos and things that were produced before the film came out. I do not think Warner Brothers should be relying purely on Internet blogs and such to promote the films (though they may think they are saving money this way).


tolktolk
Lorien

Mar 5 2013, 6:30pm

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No it wasn't all on the net [In reply to] Can't Post

There was extensive coverage on TV, radio and in the press, with cover stories on several of the actors. For example there was an entire issue of Empire and a special Sunday Times supplement dedicated to the film. Warner Brothers had all the key cast members working hard.

It's not important and it's a diversion from the thread's topic but it's interesting to see people's perceptions of the marketing. I work in the media so am maybe more attuned to noticing the campaign.


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 5 2013, 6:41pm

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Empire magazine is aimed at moviegoers anyway. [In reply to] Can't Post

TV spots, trailers and being covered on entertainment shows on TV is far better advertising. They need(ed) to advertise it to the masses.

Smile


Glorfindela
Valinor

Mar 5 2013, 6:42pm

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Empire magazine [In reply to] Can't Post

I did see the coverage in Empire magazine (excellent, as always from that magazine), but did not see extensive coverage on TV, radio and in the press before the film came out. I didn't know about the ST supplement.

The LOTR films seemed to be everywhere before they were released (I wasn't paying particular attention to the first film before it came out, but even so noticed quite a bit of promotional material and was certainly very aware of it without knowing what to expect).


Bombadil
Half-elven


May 20 2013, 11:34pm

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Opps! WRONG Clip? [In reply to] Can't Post

This Kid is Great!

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