Renown film director Peter Jackson’s final movie of the Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, has continued to dominate box office sales since the film’s release on Dec. 17. That reign has continued for the little hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his band of dwarves through the New Year’s movie crowds.
Five Armies is well on its way to claiming the title for top-selling box office film for the third consecutive weekend in a row. Just recently the movie surpassed the impressive $200 million mark and also managed to stay ahead of the first release of the new year, The Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death, which placed second this Friday. The Hobbit was the only film to make upwards of $8 million this Friday, which is roughly $500,000 more than the second Woman In Black film on the day of its release.
For overall top-grossing films of the season, The Hobbit of course remains the leader with Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s movie musical Into the Woods duking it out for second place. Into the Woods managed to rack up ever so slightly more than Unbroken on Friday, but it is predicted that the war biopic of Jolie’s could easily come back up from behind. Both films made roughly $7.4 million on Friday. Regardless of the outcome, both films have made far much more money than what was originally forecast before the films’ releases.
A reasoning for a success as grand as The Hobbit’s is most likely due to the fact that this particular film is the finale of the entire Middle-Earth film series as it is known. The journey began in 2001 when Jackson brought forth The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and has concluded nearly fourteen years later with Battle of the Five Armies. This film is rather important to some, particularly those from the millennial generation, who have literally grown up alongside the saga’s production. The closing is a bit of a sentiment to many, no doubt, but what is truly awe-inspiring is how relatable the material that J.R.R. Tolkien left behind still is today.
Tolkien’s original text of The Hobbit was published in 1937, a small chapter book that he really only intended to write for his own children. Once his work became widespread, it seemed as if people of all ages identified very much so with Bilbo and his misadventures. It was but a few years after the success of The Hobbit that Tolkien was asked to create a sequel and instead of a single sequel, he gave them three. These sequels are what is known to the public now as The Lord of the Rings. It is a wonder how the writer was able to create ahead of his time, as his work is still very relevant many generations later and will undoubtedly continue to be for many more to come.
As The Hobbit finale continues to dominate the box office sales of the new year, let it not be forgotten the beautiful gift Tolkien has bestowed upon the world. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is now playing in theaters.
By Cody Collier