Peter Jackson's Middle Earth series is identifiable as a winter franchise. All three Lord of the Rings movies as well as the first Hobbit movie were released in December, and the upcoming sequel The Desolation of Smaug, is planned for December of this year.

But when it was announced that The Hobbit was going to be split into three movies instead of two, it came with an issue that drove obsessive compulsive fans mad. Instead of coming out in the last month of the year, instead MGM and New Line decided that The Hobbit: There And Back Again would be in theaters in July 2014. It was an odd move to make, but now the problem has been resolved.

Coming Soon has learned from New Line Cinema and MGM that The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be moving from its previously announced slot on July 18, 2014 to December 17, 2014. While the move keeps up with tradition, it's a lateral move in terms of getting away from competition. On it's July date it was going to be facing off against the highly-anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past and will now be dueling with both Brad Bird's Tomorrowlandi and the untitled Despicable Me spin-off about the minions.

There doesn't seem to be an official reason for why the film was pushed back. The production does still have some shooting left to do so that they can flesh out the final two movies of the series, so perhaps they needed more time?

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