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The Winner of the Sideshow Collectibles’ Sam and Frodo Statue is…

Frodo and Samwise Diorama from SideshowCollectibles.comAfter reaching 200k fans on Facebook (we’re now up to 223k!!), Sideshow Collectibles‘ generously gave us one of their Sam and Frodo dioramas as a giveaway. Today we are pleased to announce the winner!

Congrats to Brenden R. hailing from the United States!

The winner’s favorite scene in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy?

“I can’t carry it for you – but I can carry you!”

Special thanks to all who participated and please take a moment to check out The Lord of the Rings collectibles from are contest sponsor, Sideshow Collectibles.  [View all LOTR Collectibles]


Posted in Contests, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise

Win a Sam and Frodo Diorama from Sideshow Collectibles!

Frodo and Samwise Diorama from
To celebrate achieving 200k fans on Facebook, Sideshow Collectibles‘ has generously given us their Sam and Frodo diorama to giveaway to our audience. Fully-realized in high-quality polystone, the statue depicts Frodo and Sam, clad in commandeered orc armor, as they make their way across the black lands of Mordor. Standing at 14 inches in overall height, the Frodo and Samwise Diorama equally captures Frodo’s tormented fortitude and Sam’s earnest vigilance while on the final leg of their quest to Mount Doom. How do you enter? Simply fill in the form below! The winner will be chosen next week. [View the Prize]

Posted in Contests, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise Update: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Hits $205M Worldwide

THDOS_Main_smWarner Bros. reports that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is up to $131.2 million overseas, pushing its global total to $205M.

Key stats from WB:

Germany – Took 64% of the top 5 market share, ranking as the biggest opening of 2013 with €13.2m (US$18.1m) from 1,460 screens. HDOS already qualifies for a Bogey Award for achieving more than 1,000 admissions per site. Opening results surpassed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by 14% (€11.5m), excluding previews.

The UK: With a 61% share of the top 5 films in the market and nearly quadrupling 2nd placed FROZEN, the opening results are excellent at £9.5m (US$15.6m) from 1,495 screens. This is on par with the. Fri-Sun opening results for HAUJ (£9.5m).

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit Update: Hobbit Expected to Land $75 Million Weekend

dec13Warner Bros. reports that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned an estimated $31.15 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a likely $75 million weekend. Those figures include the film’s $8.8 million earned from midnight shows, representing just over 28 percent of opening day grosses–an improvement over the 35 percent midnight share of opening day for last year’s An Unexpected Journey. IMAX accounted for 13 percent ($3.979 million) of Friday’s haul. Overall, Smaug‘s opening day was 16 percent lower than its predecessor ($37.1 million).

Smaug‘s projected opening weekend will end up close to expectations following what looked to be lower grosses last night. Winter weather may be affecting things, although the lower share of midnights indicates that fans may have indeed been the audience sector where the most upfront demand was lost (as opposed to general audiences) in the wake of last year’s mixed reception for the first Hobbit entry. Early word of mouth appears solid for Smaug so far with an “A-” CinemaScore and 88 percent of Flixster users liking or still anticipating seeing the film. With a crowded holiday schedule ahead, this second Hobbit pic is aiming to maintain most of its core family audience through Christmas and New Year’s while also bringing in stronger overseas sales than Journey.

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Review of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

hobbit_the_desolation_of_smaug_ver16_xlgEditor Note: Our next review comes from long time collaborator and friend of, David Baxter. David has been involved in some manner with since the early 2000s, and is a staple at events in California. Being that he is 6’8″ – he makes a really impressive Gandalf too! 


Let me get this out of the way, I did not go into the screening of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug expecting to see all or even many of the events I’d pictured in my head after reading JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and seeing the Rankin & Bass animated version in 1977 (dating myself here). It was impossible after seeing Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Too much of that film had been devoted to setting up or showing events that were never shown in Tolkien’s work and were only mentioned in the appendices of The Return of the King.


Posted in Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Media Reviews, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Sound Off! Official Desolation of Smaug Fan Reaction Thread

Fans Line-Up for The Desolation of SmaugWhile we put our finishing touches on the official Ringer Reviews section, we thought it would be fun to collect your immediate reaction to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug right here on this post. (That is of course IF the film has released in your country)

If you are new to commenting on, we use a rather popular system called Disqus, located at the bottom of every article page. You can decide to login with Facebook, Twitter or Google, or you can simply comment as a guest.

Comments are moderated, so please play nice :) The basic rules? Don’t swear and treat others with respect. If you are posting spoilers, please be nice and post a SPOILER WARNING before your comments. Our staff will be working around the clock to get your comments approved. And as you can see by the diversity of our own staff reactions to the film, you can be as positive or negative about the film as you’d like. We will not be moderating based on your review.

Then, stay tuned in the next few days when we raise the curtain on the new Ringer Reviews for The Desolation of Smaug. Along with the ability to post your comprehensive review of the film, you will have the chance to rate 20+ specific aspects of the film. Details coming soon.

So what are you waiting for? Sound off!

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Media Reviews, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Scores $2.8M French Debut

THDOS_Main_smRinger fan Nate sends along this update from on the opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

The Hobbit trilogy continues its journey to box office gold. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posted a $2.8 million bow in its Wednesday debut in France, an 8% bump from last year’s installment. The Hobbit sequel scored 262.8k admissions from 909 screens in the territory. Paris contributed 57.5K of the admissions, 15% ahead of the opening day tally of its predecessor. [Read More]

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Arwen’s Review of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

THDOS_Main_smEditor Note: Our latest staff review comes from staffer Arwen.

As a word of warning, Arwen’s review has SPOILERS from the very beginning. If you are avoiding spoilers of any type, please know — you have been warned!







Posted in Film Screenings, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Media Reviews, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Save $1 OFF Hobbit Tickets from Fandango! Act Fast!

HobbitBanner1120FSo if you are like most visitors to, you probably have already purchased your tickets for the midnight viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But what about that second viewing on Friday? Well, we’ve used our Smaug-esque pull and snagged you all an exclusive coupon good for $1 OFF your ticket purchase through

The code is THEONERING and is good for $1 off the purchase of 2 tickets to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for Thursday and Friday shows. This is valid for the Double Feature, IMAX 3D, Real 3D, and 35mm shows. On your checkout screen, scroll down the page to the area marked ‘Promo Code’ and click on those words to reveal the form where you enter ‘THEONERING.’

So snag your extra tickets and don’t forget to tell your friends! This code is good for anyone!

Buy your tickets to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug now!


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Watch the Berlin premiere LIVE Event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

1472021_603389903041543_435780852_nToday is another BIG day as we take you to the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Berlin, Germany! The festivities begin at 5:20pm GMT and you can watch the LIVE stream right here on this page as well as chat live with the crowd via Barliman’s chat!  (Check the time for your own timezone). [Hobbit UK on Facebook] [Hobbit UK on Twitter]

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Amazing Hobbit Poster Signed by Everyone! Auction Coming Soon

signed posterAs part of our fundraiser a few months back, Sir Peter Jackson and 3Foot7 kindly showed their support for by very generously donating to the website a poster, signed by pretty much ALL the cast from the three Hobbit movies! This is an extraordinary item, and a true one-of-a-kind. The regular movie sized poster shows Bilbo outside the front door to Bag End, and has simply, ‘There … and Back Again’ as text. It’s a beautiful image, and not one which was available to buy. But then it gets even better! Here’s a list of the cast members who have signed the poster – 31 in total:


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, The Hobbit

Canadian Ringers! Get Free Passes to a Dec 9th Screening of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!’

Hobbit Sky MoviesLive in Canada? Available for about 3 hours on December 9th at 7pm? Then you should really fill out the form below to be entered into a random drawing for two free tickets to this early screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! is privileged to pick random winners from all entries to attend these special screenings across Canada, including locations in: TORONTO, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL FR, OTTAWA, CALGARY, EDMONTON, WINNIPEG, and HALIFAX. We are going to be choosing winners 24 hours, so enter today and share with your friends and family. Fill out the form below! And of course, visit the official website for all the wonderful details about the upcoming release of this year’s best move! [Official Site] [Entry Form]


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