In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Peter Jackson has said that the first film in The Hobbit trilogy will be the shortest of all of the Tolkien films so far.
“It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship. So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone with The Hobbit being split into three films that the runtimes would be shortened a bit. But with the length of movies these days 2:40 is about the norm. The Avengers ran 2:20 and The Dark Knight Rises was 2:45.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases on December 14th.