Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug started off on a good note at the Indian box office, managed to earn more than Rs. 5 crore in just three days.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hit 287 Indian screens - in 213 3D screens and in 74 2D screens - Friday and raked in Rs.5.1 crore till Monday, said a statement. The fantasy adventure movie, which has a mix of action scenes along with romance to excite the audience, stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace and Luke Evans. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second film in the Hobbit trilogy. The first installment The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released in 2012.
Check out what few of the critics have to say in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie review....
Times Of India
The film is supremely accessible and enjoyable, even if you haven't read Tolkien. And surprisingly enough, to keep things from getting heavy, there are more than a few laugh-aloud moments courtesy the Dwarves. This one's a packed-to-the-gills entertainer from start to finish.
The highlight of Peter Jackson's second movie in The Hobbit trilogy was always going to be the appearance of the fire-breathing dragon Smaug, as confirmed by the film's title.
Something of a mixed bag, then, with several question marks left hanging over the entire Hobbit project, but a definite improvement on the previous outing, and hopefully a portent of better things to come in There and Back Again.
ABC News Radio
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a vastly different movie than its predecessor, last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which at times was unexpectedly boring and laborious.
We're now 343 minutes deep into the saga of The Hobbit, and I'm still having trouble keeping the names of Bilbo Baggins' thirteen (thirteen!) dwarvish companions straight in my head.
The attention to detail is extraordinary, and the filmmaking techniques are all excellent, yet I find myself outside the picture looking in throughout the film, analysing it instead of believing it.
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