Audiences were seeing fire this weekend as The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ruled the box office.
The second installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy brought in an estimated $73.7 million on its debut weekend, according to studio information.
As expected, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, took the top spot in the domestic market, however, it fell about $6 million short of the projected gross numbers.
In any case, the opening leaves no doubts as to who ruled the box office, as fans had eagerly anticipated the continuation of the saga of the dwarves of Erebor, who are in a quest to reclaim their home from the ruthless Smaug, the Dragon.
The first chapter of the story, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was crowned the best opening in December ever, in 2012 and has brought in $1 billion worldwide.
Not as big numbers as the original, who banked $84.6 million on its debut weekend, but not bad either. Critics are praising Peter Jackson’s action/adventure fantasy film as better than Unexpected Journey as far as the pace of the film is concerned.
The movies website Rotten Tomatoes assigns The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug a 75% tomatometer, compared to only 65% for Unexpected Journey.
Cinemascore says the audience gave Desolation Of Smaug an A- grade, according to their surveys, while The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey scored a solid A from audiences.
The Desolation of Smaug puts viewers back in the action that was interrupted almost a year to the date of its release.
The opening scene of the meeting between the Wizard, Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and the dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), sets in motion the events that brings the little ones closer than they ever imagined to face their nemesis, Smaug.
Giving as little as possible away, for those having doubts as to whether going to see this movie is worth it, it is.
Let’s just say that Smaug is, perhaps, the best dragon ever created in a movie. Benedict Cumberbatch doing the voice and motion capture for the role.
Martin Freeman returns in the role of Biblo Baggins and is more assertive than in the original, which creates friction with Thorin.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug also introduces new and exciting characters that play important roles in the dwarves’ quest. We meet the human Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thranduil (Lee Pace), and returning in the role of Legolas is Orlando Bloom.
If you want to find out more about The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, you can read The Inquisitr’s review here.