Although not as revered as The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy follow-up based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit had just as many — if not more — resources behind the expansive productions, and certainly maintained the sweeping nature of the original films by telling the story of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey. Now, audiences will have a new opportunity to see all three prequel films in their extended forms.
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures are partnering for a 3-day event featuring all three extended films this October. According to the event description (via the Pacific Northwest’s Far Away Entertainment), the event begins on October 5th and will run through the 7th, with one film presented each night. The event description reads in part,
Shown over three nights, the epic Peter Jackson trilogy will be the first time the extended editions have ever been released in theaters. The films follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). Also included will be an exclusive introduction by director Peter Jackson.
With a budget of around $625 million for all three films, The Hobbit trilogy — 2012’s An Unexpected Journey, 2013’s The Desolation of Smaug, and 2014’s Battle of the Five Armies — took in a worldwide total of over $2.9 billion. While an impressive box office haul, it didn’t do as well as the overall budget-to-gross ratio of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, which took in roughly the same amount of money worldwide at about half the budget. Critics weren’t as kind to the newer trilogy either, with RT scores peaking in the mid-70s, while The Lord of the Rings consistently earned scores in the 90’s.
Still, the films were far from unsuccessful, nor were they considered bad movies, and this will likely give those who’ve wanted to see the extended editions as they were meant to be taken in. Keep an eye on ticketing sites for availability, if you’re ready to take one final journey to Middle-earth.
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