Monday, October 7, 2013

Hobbit: The (cost of) The Story So Far...

Making the movie trilogy The Hobbit has cost more than half a billion dollars so far!
That's double the total spent on the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The NZ$676 million figure includes the 266 days of filming with actors that was completed last year, but not an additional two months or so of "pick-up" shoots this year. There'll also be additional post-production costs as the next two movies are completed.
The first movie in the latest trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, made just over a billion box office bucks.
The trilogy is also one of the most expensive movie productions in which two or more movies are shot at the same time. Both Box Office Mojo (which tracks movie costs and box office receipts) and Guinness World Records estimate the most expensive single movie ever made was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End with an estimated $300 million production tag. That movie, in conjunction with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - which was shot at the same time - held the previous record for the most expensive total production, costing an estimated $450 - $525 million.
According to Box Office Mojo, Jackson's previous trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, cost a total $281 million to make. The Star Wars prequel trilogy, meanwhile, cost $343 million.
The second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug is due out in Dec., while the final, There and Back Again, is out Dec.2014.

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