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Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Can It Beat Lord of the Rings?

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingPeter Jackson began production on The Hobbit last week and principle photography on the The Hobbit has finally started!  Tolkien fans have been waiting for years and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies made $2.9 billion worldwide. So why did it take so long?  It’s a long story.

Here’s what I want to know: Can The Hobbit beat the Lord of the Rings trilogy in terms of popularity?  The LOTR films won critical raves and made bucks at box office, which is a rare combination.

For celebrity obsessed movie fans: How can The Hobbit compare with the Lord of the Rings trilogy when the film doesn’t have the LOTR hunks?  Neither Viggo Mortensen, who played Aragorn or Orlando Bloom who played Legolas, are in The Hobbit, as it stands right now.

I’m all about the nice Hobbits and wizards but really? Bring on the hotties!  Just watch the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King—tell me I’m wrong!

The latest Tolkien films are being produced by New Line and MGM.   According to Deadline, the rumored titles of the two films are The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hobbit films will be released in late 2012 and in 2013.

Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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