Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit may be a year from release but the new trailer has caused such a stir that Ladbrokes are already offering odds on it being the most successful JRR Tolkien adaptation yet.
Odds of 1/2 are being offered on the first of the two Hobbit films to be released surpassing the world box office takings of third Lord of the Rings film, Return of the King.
That film – released in December 2003 – was the highest grossing of the Lord of the Rings trilogy which took progressively more at the box office.
The first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $871million worldwide, the second film, The Two Towers, took $920billion while the Return of the King took a massive $1.11billion.
With the release of first Hobbit film – subtitled An Unexpected Journey – delayed by union strikes and financial problems, anticipation for the film is sure to be at fever pitch when it is eventually released in December next year.
There is every chance the trend of increasing audiences for the Tolkien adaptations will continue.
With the saga being divided into two films, there is also a chance the films – with Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen in lead roles – could combine to break the worldwide box office total set by the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The three films took $2.91billion in total and the two Hobbit films are currently 2/1 to surpass that.
Finally, the first Hobbit film is 3/1 to win more Oscars than any other film in history.
Ben Hur, Titanic and the Return of the King have all won 11 Oscars and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is currently 3/1 to pass that benchmark and go down in history.