'The Hobbit' vs. 'Skyfall': Box Office Battle (POLL)

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'The Hobbit' Review
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This weekend, the box office is in for a massive shake-up as The Hobbit challenges James Bond for the No. 1 spot.

Peter Jackson's much-anticipated return to Middle Earth is the sole new release this weekend, and its expected to rake in tons of hard-earned allowance money.

Holdovers like Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which have shown amazing legs at the box office for the past few weeks, are expected to bow down before Bilbo and Company. But how big will The Hobbit open?

Lord of the Rings' legion of fans can't wait to see the first of three prequels set in author J.R.R. Tolkien's world.

 

The Hobbit opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D, meaning you'd have to work very hard to not see it when it hits theaters on Friday. While reviews have been mixed-to-positive for the Warner Bros. release, a franchise this beloved is virtually critic proof. Celebuzz predicts at least a $70 million opening weekend.

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James Bond's 23rd big-screen outing is also his most lucrative, having grossed over $910 million worldwide. Skyfall reclaimed the top spot last weekend, in its fifth week of release - which is unprecedented for any film. After 50 years, audiences cannot get enough of 007, but the super spy will most likely relinquish the box office throne to Gandalf and his 13 dwarves.

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Will you see The Hobbit this weekendCelebuzz wants to know - sound off in the comments. To get you ready for Jackson's film, watch Celebuzz' list of 10 things you need to know about The Hobbit!

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