‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ Gets New December 2014 Release Date

In related news, Universal moves ‘2 Guns’ to August 2, 2013 and ‘Kick-Ass 2’ to August 16, 2013.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again moved to a December 2014 release
The Hobbit: There and Back Again moved to a December 2014 release
New Line Cinema has pushed its Middle Earth finale The Hobbit: There and Back Again from July 18, 2014 to December 17, 2014. No reason was given for the shift, but now it doesn't have to face X-Men: Days of Future Past. As of now, no other films have been slated for release on December 17, 2014. The second movie in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, debuts on December 13 this year. The first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has earned nearly $1 billion worldwide since its release on December 14, 2012.

In related news, Universal Pictures is making a few changes to its release slate as well. The studio has moved 2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, from August 16, 2013 to August 2, 2013. Instead of facing Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and The to Do List on August 16, it squares off against 300: Rise of an Empire and Red 2. The Smurfs 2 opens two days earlier as well on July 31.

Taking 2 Guns' original August 16, 2013 slot in the lineup is the action sequel Kick-Ass 2, which was originally slated for a June 28 release. Universal also announced that the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. is being converted for a 3D release, although it is still keeping its July 19, 2013 release date. That gives director Robert Luketic four months and some change to add a third dimension to his action-thriller, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Bacon.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies was released December 17th, 2014 and stars Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (14)

  1. moviegeek

    They want to try pushing the third for Oscar noms it seems.

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  2. undeadslayer4

    all three of them in december

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Dumbumm

    I already thought all three were coming out in each December. Since all The Lord of the Rings did.

    2 years agoby @DumbummFlag

  4. ollie-styrene

    This is an obvious choice IMO,.. keep up with the tradition..

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  5. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Good. It needs to come out in a December just like the first 2 and the original 3.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  6. WebOfMovies

    God damn it! -.-

    2 years agoby @WebOfMoviesFlag

  7. artkid04

    i thought it was coming out in December to begin with like parts 1 and 2

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  8. Cheetoboy

    Yeah, when you think about it of course it is only traditional that The Hobbit: There and Back Again be released during the holidays. Also can't wait to see Kick Ass 2, its not surprising that they moved that due to us not getting a teaser trailer yet, which of course I can't wait to see, I also hope it opens #1 on August 16.

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  9. ejk1

    The reason is simple; I like to call it the "Cameron Rule." It has three real easy steps to follow:

    Step 1: Make big, splashy, entertaining film.
    Step 2: Place said film where there is no competition in the immediate future
    Step 3: Watch money continuously pour into your coffers for months instead of weeks.

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  10. The Knight Has Risen

    Yeah, it would've been weird seeing a Hobbit movie during the summer. It would've been like seeing a Harry Potter movie in the- hey, wait a minute!

    2 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  11. WongFu

    There are five films I want to see on this list

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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