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Bettie's Box Office: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Updated: Friday, December 13 2013, 10:56 AM CST
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is roaring into theaters on Friday and is predicted to burn up the box office. The sequel in Peter Jackson's trilogy is expected to take in about $80 million in ticket sales this weekend.
Smaug is a dragon to die for. He's full of fire and breathes much needed life into a two hour and 41 minute movie. Too bad Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) doesn't wake up until the final half hour of the film.
That's not to say this isn't a worthy sequel. In fact, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is better than its predecessor. I really enjoyed the introduction of Evangeline Lilly as the warrior elf, Tauriel. A little romance helps break up all the hobbiting.
The rest of the cast is solid, as usual, including Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Orlando Bloom as Legolas.
Overall, the second film in this wizards and lizards trilogy is much more than a placeholder for the big finish next December.
Smaug alone almost makes it worth paying full price. But, because the fire-breather keeps you waiting most of the movie, opt for a matinee.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images (but nothing too disturbing). It opens in theaters on Friday, December 13.