"The Hobbit: There And Back Again" is no longer coming out on Dec. 17. Instead, Peter Jackson announced on Thursday that the final installment in his "Hobbit" trilogy has a new title: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Here's Jackson explaining the change on Facebook:
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Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "De...
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Combined, the first two films in Jackson's franchise have grossed just under $2 billion worldwide. "The Battle of the Five Armies" will look to increase that total at the end of the year. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is out on Dec. 17.