Characters Guide To The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey, Azog Finally Revealed & Initial Box Office
by John Babos on December 15, 2012


More detailed pics of Azog have surfaced. More here.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic sole novel The Hobbit is being broken into a movie trilogy with the first offering called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theatres now for its opening weekend.

The film has already grossed $13 million in North America in its midnight Friday opening with a current oversees box office of over $27 million. The film is expected to gross over $100 million by the end of Sunday. As context, the box office smash Avengers debuted with almost $19 million from midnight Friday showings eclipsed $200 million in its opening weekend. Stay tuned this Monday for Inside Pulse’s Travis Leamons’ weekly Weekend Box Office report to see how the film fared.

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was based on Tolkien’s novel trilogy and directed a then unknown Peter Jackson. He also directs the Hobbit movie trilogy which is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings.

I’m not well versed in The Hobbit lore, but one of the promotional posters provides a good guide for the heroes of the piece that follow the mage Gandalf the Grey and a little Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins – whose older self was part of the Lord of the Rings.

So print this out and take it with you to the movie. 😉

Also, the villain Azog is finally revealed. Most of the pale Orc images online and officially released by the studio have focused on his son Bolg who also plays a role in the film. Why the secrecy around Azog? I have no idea. Azog is played by Manu Bennett of Starz Spartacus fame as Crixus and who also will play the fan-favorite role of Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke the Terminator in CW’s smash success Arrow – a live action version of DC Comics Green Arrow.

The large white Orc on the left of the below two screenshots, battling Thorin (see poster above to see which dwarf that is), is Azog. The third image on the right is Azog’s son Bolg played by Conan Stevens.

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