The Hobbit to Beat Lord of the Rings at Box Office?

The Hobbit to Beat Lord of the Rings at Box Office?


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the fifteenth film in history to reach the impressive billion dollar box office milestone after this weekend.

With it’s recent release in China –  where it grossed $37.3 million U.S in 10 days  –  Bilbo has bagged a global total of 1 billion U.S dollars to date.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the only other Tolkien film to reach this milestone earning a tasty $1.1 billion in 2003 (and this was without the 3D mark up). The Two Towers grossed $926 million, while Fellowship of the Ring managed $871.5 million.

With two more installments of The Hobbit still to come, if attendance figures maintain Bilbo and his band of dwarfs (‘dwarfs’ spelt as Tolkien intended!) will walk away with more money in total than Frodo and his fellowship.

With Warner Bros pushing back the release of the final film, There and Back Again, to December 2014 from it’s original release date of July 18 2014, it will be intriguing to see if interest (and box office momentum) can be maintained for an extra six months.


See what other films have reached the billion dollar benchmark below (notice how sci-fi/fantasy heavy the list is? Nerds are a great investment apparently)

1. Avatar

2. Titanic

3. The Avengers

4. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

5. Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

7. Skyfall

8. The Dark Knight Rises

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

10. Toy Story 3

11. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

12. Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace

13. Alice in Wonderland (2010, Time Burton)

14. The Dark Knight

15. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Sian's love for movies spawned from having a tight mother whose generosity stretched only to hiring movies once a week for entertainment. As a pre-teen Sian spent more pocket money then she earned on cinema tickets and thus sought a job at the cinema. Over the next decade she rose to be one of the greats in her backwater, six-screen cinema complex, zooming through the ranks from candy bar wench with upselling superpowers, to pasty projectionist, to a manager rocking a pencil skirt. Sian went on to study Journalism at university though feels her popcorn shovelling days were far more educational