The Hobbit Passes Billion Dollar Mark

The dwarves in a line up

Bilbo in RivendellOkay, so maybe The Hobbit hasn’t been as well received as The Lord of the Rings, but it is still going strong. Thanks to its opening weekend in China, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has reached the $1 billion mark in global earnings. It’s only the 15th film to reach this impressive total, though it seems like it’s becoming easier and easier for films to do so these days what with 3-D and IMAX tickets sales.

But still, Bilbo is in good company. The Avengers is up in the top three along with James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic. Another recent addition to the Billion Dollar Club is Skyfall, which passed the mark at the end of last year and is currently the seventh highest grossing film worldwide, knocking The Dark Knight Rises down to eighth. The only installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to make it over 1 billion was The Return of the King, and that is currently number six on the list, (but Skyfall is still playing in theaters, so Bond just might beat Aragorn as well as Batman pretty soon).

Will The Hobbit keep it up and break more records? Do you think it deserves to? Just happy that Martin Freeman can now boast about being in a billion-dollar-earning film? Let us know in the comments below!