Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, an Oscar winner for his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died at the age of 59.
The first weekend of the new year continued the strong holiday showing at the box office with many returning movies holding up well and a low-key horror sequel faring better than some expected, while Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (New Line/WB) followed in the path of its previous installment by remaining in first place for a third weekend in a row. It grossed an estimated $21.9 million this weekend, down 46% in its third weekend, and it’s grossed $220.8 million so far domestically, making it the twelfth movie of 2014 to gross more than $200 million.
Despite the competition opening on Christmas Day which put it into third place behind two of those new movies, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (New Line/WB) still managed to win the weekend with an estimated $41 million, down 24% from its opening weekend. It has grossed $168.1 million domestically and is well on its way to joining the $200 million club this year. It brought in an additional $8 million in domestic IMAX theaters over the four-day Christmas holiday including Thursday, bringing its domestic IMAX gross to $25 million. Internationally, “The Battle of the Five Armies” has reached $405.1 million for a worldwide total of $573.6 million.
Nearly fifteen years since taking on the Middle Earth books by J.R.R. Tolkien, filmmaker Peter Jackson brought the epic series to a close with the finale to his prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (New Line/WB), once again starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and more.
AMERICAN HOBBIT STORY
The December 2014 issue of Movie Taco is finally here, with our final ever The Hobbit cover and loads of reviews and news inside!
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, hitting theaters December 17, concludes the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins, who joins the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.