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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug had a great weekend in theaters. It earned an estimated $73.7 million according to the Los Angeles Times. It is the second in the movie series based on J. R. R. Tolkien's book, The Hobbit. It did earn less than its predecessor, but according to USA today "'Smaug' decimates box office foes at theaters." (That article has more delightful Middle-Earth puns.)

IMDB gave it a rating of eight and a half out of ten. They gave last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey an eight.

Sheila O'Malley from Roger Ebert.com gave Smaug four and a half out of five stars. In the article she is clear she wasn't a big fan of the first movie, but enjoyed this one, despite finding it lengthy and disliking the three part set up.

Smaug himself, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, was done extremely well. Benedict did a fantastic job voicing him and even provided a motion-capture performance for the dragon.

This article (spoilers) from Hero Complex contains a video interview with Ian McKellen (Gandalf) about the film. He mentions that Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lilly) is completely invented for Jackson's movie.

Fans can look forward to the next film in 2014. The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to come out on December 17, 2014 for U.S. audiences.

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