BySarah Gibson, writer at Creators.co
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The final installment of The Hobbit trilogy will be released on December 17th, 2014 – five months later than planned, Warner Bros has announced.

's The Hobbit trilogy will now span a full two years, with a new movie arriving in three consecutive Decembers. The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opened on December 12th last year and has now taken a shade under $980 million worldwide, making it the 15th highest-grossing movie ever.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies had been set to debut in July 2014 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will reach cinemas in December 2013.

According to Reuters, Dan Fellman, resident of distribution for Warner Bros. has said:

We're excited to complete the trilogy the same way we started it, as a holiday treat for moviegoers everywhere.

So no reason was cited for the delay, and the distributor of Jackson's latest Middle-earth epic tried to put a positive spin on the news.

What are your thoughts on this change of plans? Are the distributors hoping to avoid a clash in release with 's X-Men: Days Of Future Past? Disappointed? Let us know below.

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