The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug
Directed byPeter Jackson
Written by
Based onDesolation of Smaug
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Produced by
  • Carolynne Cunningham
  • Zane Weiner
  • Peter Jackson
  • Fran Walsh
CinematographyAndrew Lesnie
Edited byJabez Olssen
Music byHoward Shore
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • 13 December 2013 (2013-12-13)
Running time
161 minutes
  • New Zealand
  • United States
Budget$191.2 million
Box office$959 million

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic fantasy and adventure movie. The movie is about Bilbo Baggins going with Thorin Oakenshield and his dwarves to reclaim Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Smaug. Evangeline Lilly plays the elf Tauriel.

Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire" plays during the movie's end credits.

The movie took in over $960 million overall. This is more than both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. It is the fourth highest-grossing film of 2013 and the 34th highest-grossing film of all time.[1] The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, and other casts while Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom and Stephen Fry have first appeared.

Reception worldwide[change | change source]

Outside North America, The Desolation of Smaug was released internationally on 16,405 screens.[2] The film earned $135.4 million in its opening weekend. Its largest openings occurred in China ($33.0 million),[3] Germany ($19.0 million) and the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta ($15.2 million).[4] It topped the box office outside North America on four consecutive weekends[5] and five in total.[6] It is the highest-grossing film of 2013 in many European countries.

Cast[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Worldwide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. Nancy Tartaglione (14 December 2014). "Hobbit' Rings Up $117.6M Debut, Sets IMAX Record; More Intl Box Office". Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  3. Coonan, Clifford (25 February 2014). "China Box Office: 'Hobbit 2' Drives Monthly Record". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  4. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. Subers, Ray (5 January 2014). "Weekend Report: 'Frozen' Chills 'Paranormal' Spin-Off". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  6. Subers, Ray (23 February 2014). "Weekend Report: 'LEGO' Obliterates '3 Days,' 'Pompeii'". Retrieved 25 February 2014.

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