Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
‘The Hobbit’ Breaks Box Office Record
Warner Bros./AP via The Daily Beast
Little Bilbo Baggins is making quite the mark on his opening weekend.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, dominated the box office this weekend, grossing a massive $84.8 million in its first three days and setting a new record for best December debut.
The release crushed the previous record-holder, I Am Legend, which brought in $77.2 million during its 2007 debut. It’s good news for Hobbit lovers, but the film still has a way to go if it wants to contend with the Lord of the Rings series, which brought in hundreds of millions between its 2001-2003 releases. Skyfall was bumped out of first place and down to fourth for the weekend, but still has an astounding total gross of $951 million worldwide. Bond vs. Baggins is the type of showdown we'd like to see.