Peter Jackson fans don't seem to mind that the second entry into his Hobbit trilogy took a lot of liberties with Tolkien's original work, as The Desolation of Smaug managed to snag $93.8 million this past weekend. That means that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has grossed $614 million worldwide.
I personally loved the action-oriented approach that the film took after the misstep that was An Unexpected Journey. Sure, the glory days of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy are over, but the cliffhanger of an ending definitely made me excited for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
That being said, I'm looking forward to the day when Jackson will be able to tackle other material. Even though his adaptation of The Lovely Bones wasn't well received by audiences or critics, it was refreshing to see him tackle different material. Remember when Jackson elevated himself beyond cult genre hits with the emotional heft of Heavenly Creatures? Yeah, I want something like that again.
The Desolation of Smaug still has more opportunities to kill it at the box office when it's released in China and Japan in February.