The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey recently opened in China and has made $37.3 million during its first 10 days, which is more than enough to push the film over the $1 billion mark worldwide. An Unexpected Journey is now the 15th film in history to reach such a milestone, and there’s a good chance the next two films in The Hobbit trilogy will be joining it.
Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth has made $301.1 million in the US and around $700 million internationally. Its biggest markets were Germany ($90 million), the U.K. ($84.3 million), France ($44.9 million), Australia ($44.3 million) and Russia ($43.8 million).
On the achievement Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said:
“We could not be more proud to have reached reached this amazing benchmark. Together with our partners at MGM and New Line, everyone at Warner Bros. congratulates Peter Jackson and his entire cast and crew on the extraordinary success of this film”
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 2013, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will now hit December 2014 having previously been scheduled for summer 2014.