Washington, Dec. 30 - Warner Bros.' ' The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and Disney's ' Frozen' are set to win the Christmas season at weekend box office as newcomers.
Should the 'The Hobbit' flick, which earned 10.1 million dollars on Friday, pocket another 50 million dollars from Wednesday-Sunday, it will become 2013's third film with 3 consecutive weekends at number one after ' Gravity' and ' Fast and Furious 6 ', Fox News reported.
Washington, Dec. 27 - ' The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' beat 'The Wolf of Wall Street' by just a whisker by collected 9.3 million dollars during Christmas.
Paramount's newcomer 'The Wolf of Wall Street' came second, with $9.2 million gross, Fox News reported.
'Anchorman 2' grabbed the third spot with 8.1-million-dollar earnings while Fox's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' landed in forth place with 7.8 million dollars.
Melbourne, Mar. 4 : Peter Jackson's new film `The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has become the 15th film to earn more than 1 billion dollars at the global box office.
The movie has become the second Jackson film after `The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' to reach the milestone, the Age reported.
New York, December 24 : Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" earned 36.7 million dollars to remain No. 1 at the box office for the second-straight weekend.
The Warner Bros. release raised its domestic total to 149.9 million dollars after 10 days and added 91 million dollars overseas to bring its international total to 284 million dollars and its worldwide haul to 434 million dollars, the New York Post reported.
New York, December 17 : `The Hobbit' led the box office with a haul of 84.8 million dollars - a record-setting opening better than the three previous `Lord of the Rings' films, it has been revealed.
According to studio estimates, Peter Jackson's Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith's `I Am Legend', which opened with 77.2 million dollars in 2007.
London, December 12 : `The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' director Peter Jackson has defended shooting the trilogy in a new format at 48 frames per second after he received a mixed response from film critics.
The standard frame rate - the number of frames or images that are projected per second - has been 24 frames per second since 1927.
"24 frames is jarring to me now," the BBC quoted Jackson as saying.
London, November 27 : Talking about the difficulties faced while filming "The Hobbit", director Peter Jackson has revealed the production of the Tolkien epic was almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute.
Sydney, Nov. 20 : Peter Jackson has hit back at accusations claiming that 27 animals died of mistreatment on the sets of his latest venture `The Hobbit.'
Claims surfaced on Monday that horses, goats, chickens and a sheep used in `The Hobbit' had died after being housed in a farm, described by wranglers who worked on the film as full of "death traps."
London, July 31 : Peter Jackson has confirmed that the Hobbit film project will be extended to a trilogy.
"It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, `A tale that grew in the telling'," the BBC quoted Jackson
as posting on his Facebook account.
The first instalment is due out on 14 December and the follow-up on 13 December 2013.
Rumours that a third film was in the works surfaced last week.
Washington, Dec 27 : Peter Jackson gifted Steven Spielberg boxes full of World War I memorabilia and relics, for the director’s film ‘War Horse’.
The Hollywood heavyweights put their power and creativity together to bring to life ‘The Adventures of Tintin’.
“Peter Jackson is a great hobbyist - World War I paraphernalia and memorabilia, and actual material from the first world war,” Fox News quoted Spielberg as saying.
London Dec 26 - Director Peter Jackson is offering fans an opportunity to visit the sets of "The Hobbit" in New Zealand to raise money for charity.
London, Dec 22 : Filmmaker Peter Jackson has revealed a trailer for `The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' a year ahead of its release.
The teaser showing Martin Freeman in the role of young Bilbo Baggins, is amongst a number of trailers that have been released this week for 2012's big films, the BBC reported.
Wellington, May 31: Peter Jackson's two upcoming movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien's `The Hobbit' have finally been given official titles and release dates.
The first film, `The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', will be released on December 14, 2012, while the second film, `The Hobbit: There and Back Again' is set to be released on December 13 the following year, reports Stuff. co. nz.
Sydney, Mar 21: After years of delays, director Peter Jackson has finally called `lights, camera, action' on `The Hobbit'.
Filming for the much-anticipated prequel to the `Lord of the Rings' trilogy finally kicked-off in New Zealand on Monday after months of legal and financial wrangling, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 50 million dollars two-film production was dogged with problems - an actors boycott, studio funding problems and a stomach ulcer.
Wellington, Feb 7 : The long-delayed shooting of Sir Peter Jackson''s ''The Hobbit'' would begin in March, the movie''s production company has announced.
3Foot7 Ltd said the first day of ''principal photography'' would be March 21, with filming taking place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.
Wellington, Jan 27 : Sir Peter Jackson has been hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer.
The Oscar-winning film director was admitted to Wellington Hospital last night with acute stomach pains, reports Stuff. co. nz.
In a statement, Sir Peter''s production company said that he has undergone surgery for the same.
"Sir Peter is currently resting comfortably and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery."
London, Nov 30 : A Pakistani-origin British woman has accused the casting manager of filmmaker Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" movie of racism because he told her she was "too dark" to play one of the diminutive creatures, a media report said Tuesday.
Naz Humphreys attended a casting session in Hamilton, New Zealand, last week and stood in line for three hours only to be told later her skin tone was not suitable.
Wellington, Nov 29 : A racism row started on New Zealand film director Peter Jackson''s ''The Hobbit'' after a British Pakistani woman was told she was not white enough to play a Hobbit.
Naz Humphreys, who is 1.5 metres, or 5 ft, tall, and who has the requirements to be a hobbit extra, travelled from Auckland to Hamilton to audition for the part.
London, June 28 : ‘Lord Of The Rings’ director Peter Jackson is in talks over return to Middle Earth and direct ‘The Hobbit’.
After Guillermo del Toro had quit the project a month ago, it is said that Jackson is considering taking up the same project, reports the Daily Star.
This information comes just after David Yates— the ‘Harry Potter’ filmmaker—refused the reports of directing the troubled prequel. (ANI)
Wellington, April 28 : Filmmaker Peter Jackson has officially become Sir Peter after being knighted in Wellington.
He accepted his knighthood on behalf of "thousands of people".
Jackson, along with 13 other New Zealanders involved in the arts, health, scientific and public sectors, was honoured at an investiture at Premier House, reports Stuff. co. nz.
London, April 21 : Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson has rubbished claims of his upcoming film ‘The Hobbit’ being delayed due to production problems.
Jackson has said that the project is still in its initial stage.
Filming of the adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien''s first book was slated to begin in the summers of 2010.
Wellington, Dec 31 : Film director Peter Jackson has revealed that he finds being awarded a knighthood better than winning an Oscar.
Jackson, 48, who is a winner of more than a dozen Academy Awards, was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours.
“This is an incredible moment in my life. I didn’t think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong,” the New Zealand Herald quoted him as saying.
Wellington, Dec 31 : Movie director Peter Jackson, whose final film "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King", won 11 Oscars in 2004, was named a knight in New Zealand's New Year honours list, released Thursday.
Jackson, who becomes Sir Peter as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, said it was an "incredible moment in my life. I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong".
Washington, Dec 9 : Filmmaker Peter Jackson is planning to convert dragon adventure books ‘Temeraire’ into a TV series.
The ‘Lord of the Rings’ director purchased the rights to author Naomi Novik''s fantasy novels in 2006 in a bid to turn the stories into movies.
However, he is now having second thoughts and planning to take the project to the small screen.
London, Nov 25 : Peter Jackson, who is co-producing Tintin with Steven Spielberg, says the movie is almost made but "exists in a very rough state" at present.
"Tintin is great. It''s made. The movie is cut together and now [we] are turning it into a fully-rendered film," the BBC quoted him, as saying.
"So the movie, to some degree, exists in a very rough state."
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