USA Today reports, the Peter Jackson Trilogy has cost over half a billion dollars so far, with that total expected to rise. This is more than double the cost of The Lord of the Rings trilogy total!
“Through March 31, production had cost 676 million New Zealand dollars, or $561 million at current exchange rates, according to financial documents filed Friday in New Zealand, where the movies are being made.”
Warner Bros. continues their support for the films as the first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has made over $1 billion in theaters. Money well spent if you ask me!
According to Box Office Mojo and Guinness World Records,
“The most expensive single movie ever made was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End with an estimated $300 million production tag. That movie, in conjunction with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — which was shot at the same time — held the previous record for the most expensive total production, costing an estimated $450 million to $525 million. The Lord of the Rings, cost a total $281 million to make. The Star Wars prequel trilogy, meanwhile, cost $343 million.”
Peter Jackson’s second installment from the trilogy hits theaters December 13th. See the movie trailer here.
Steve “Rifflo” Fitch – Legendarium News Director
Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, Italian rapier, German longsword, and Mixed Martial Arts. Follow Steve on Twitter @HobbitSteve