For three weeks, the final installment of Peter Jackson’s treatment of The Hobbit has reigned supreme at the box office. Last weekend, the film both topped $700 million globally, according to Vanity, and brought in $52.2 million over the weekend.
But, after several weeks of amazing performance, Vanity expects to see receipts for The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies drop to something like $13 million. The trade journal is calling for Taken 3, the thriller series starring unlikely action hero Liam Neeson, to make around $30 million for its opening weekend. Rope Of Silicon got more specific with its predictions, calling for $38.3 million for Taken 3, and $13.3 million for The Hobbit.
Overall, The Hobbit has done well for itself, with positive critical reception and enthusiasm from its fans. The third movie has performed better than the second, The Desolation of Smaug.
The Taken series features ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills. In the first movie, his daughter is kidnapped, and he has to rescue her. In the second, he and his wife are held hostage and must escape. The plot summary of Taken 3 at IMDb is as follows.
“Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.”
The movie is currently rated 7.2 out of 10 on IMDb. At Rotten Tomatoes, the movie currently sits at a painful 3.3/10 from critics, although audiences have ranked it around 3.7/5.
The review from Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Gate seems to sum up a lot of the reaction to Taken 3— and in some ways, that of the Hobbit movies.
“If you love the other ‘Taken‘ movies, you will like this. But if you’re determined to love it, you’ll have to talk yourself into it — and even then, it might not work.”