The Hobbit Sets December Box Office Record

Director Peter Jackson and Middle-earth still go together, like Sam and Frodo. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first leg in his return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical world set a December box-office record in it’s opening weekend in U.S. theaters, garnering almost $85 million in ticket sales. Add to that the roughly $138 million in international returns and that’s a lot of cakes and ale!

That handsome sum, however, accounts in large part to inflation of ticket prices in the last decade. The film actually sold less tickets than any of the Lord of the Rings openers. Industry insiders expected the film to hit the $100 million mark domestically.

Bilbo To Go!
If you can’t get enough, Houghton Mifflin has five movie tie-in titles that allow viewers young and old to continue the journey with Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves. Some of the books are geared for adults, while others are strictly for those who actually are hobbit sized. Here’s a quick rundown to help you buy accordingly:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher (ISBN 9780547898568. $19.95). Character/story background with accompanying pix.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley (ISBN 9780547898551. pap. $14.95). Lots of pix (productions stills, screen grabs, concept art, props) and background on the characters and making of the movie. If you buy one related book, this is the one.

The World of the Hobbits (ISBN 9780547898735. pap. $9.95) Fabricated intro. to hobbits. Decent pix, but definitely oriented toward younger readers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book (ISBN 9780547898711. $12) Puzzles, mazes, etc. Strictly for kids.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Storybook (ISBN 9780547898728. pap. $9.95). An illustrated synopsis of the story for kids.


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