Believe it or not, it’s been a little under a decade since we last saw The Lord of the Rings out in theaters. Now we’re turning back the clock on the franchise, going back to its J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel adventure The Hobbit. Now we’re on the opening weekend to the first installment of the prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it’s starting out on the box office with a relatively noticeable bang.

The Hobbit made an estimated $12.5 million during its midnight screenings this past night. While that number is nothing compared to other franchises, in which they broke records solely for the fact that it was the last installment in the trilogy/saga/etc, it’s still a nice amount. At this rate The Hobbit will be taking the number one spot, naturally, since the fantasy film has little to no competition this weekend.

Then again, this is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit we’re talking about. In what studios’ right mind would they go against this? If The Hobbit were released in the summer time, a season filled with tons of tent pole action flicks, then you wouldn’t be so scared to go against it. But the year of movie franchises is pretty much over, with The Hobbit closing it out. No studio in their right mind wanted to go against this behemoth, and for good reason: it’s a known property. Now we’re just curious to hear how many people love or hate the 48 frames per second on this picture. We know that our reporter wasn’t the biggest fan of it.

Are you seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this weekend?

Source: Cinema Blend