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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Ian McKellen and Luke Evans in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Details Release Date: Dec 17, 2014; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Like the title character of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug himself, Peter Jackson's big-screen adaptation of Tolkien's 320-page tale was itself a bit of a dragon: three films, nearly two decades from conception, and more than a half-billion dollars in the making. And now it is coming to a close with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. ''I've been doing this for a long while, but there's no time for nostalgia yet,'' says Jackson. ''We've still got a lot of work to do.'' Jackson and his special-effects crew at Weta are burning the midnight oil to finish the final installment, easily the most ambitious of the trilogy. Jackson insists that he won't lose his heroes' personal journey amid the bombast. ''We definitely have big emotional moments in this,'' he says. ''So hopefully we'll get you crying again with this one.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$24.5 1 $24.5 C
2.
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$16.5 1 $16.5 C+
3.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$8.0 7 $305.9 A-
4. $4.8 6 $181.0 C+
5. $4.3 5 $73.0 F
6.
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$4.2 1 $4.2 B
7.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$4.0 4 $44.9 C-
8.
The November Man
Relativity
$2.7 3 $22.5 C
9.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$2.6 5 $41.3 C-
10.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.5 6 $49.4 B
* in millions

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