First-look photo: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”; “The Unexpected Journey” continues to rule the box office
Check out the first image of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins atop a pile of dragon’s treasure in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in the planned trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” prequel.
“The Desolation of Smaug” is due in theaters Dec. 13, 2013.
Meanwhile, the first film in the trilogy, “The Unexpected Journey,” continues to rule them all at the box office. The launcher of Peter Jackson’s second Middle-Earth trilogy took in $36.7 million to remain No. 1 at the box office for the second-straight weekend, easily beating a rush of top-name holiday newcomers, reports The Associated Press.
Part one of Jackson’s prelude to his “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the Warner Bros. release raised its domestic total to $149.9 million after 10 days. The film added $91 million overseas to bring its international total to $284 million and its worldwide haul to $434 million.