The final instalment of The Hobbit film trilogy will be released on December 17, 2014, five months later than planned, Warner Bros said today.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again had been set to debut in July 2014. It will follow The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which came out in December 2012, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which reaches theatres in December 2013.
''We're excited to complete the trilogy the same way we started it, as a holiday treat for moviegoers everywhere,'' said Dan Fellman, president of distribution for Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner Inc.
The Hobbit series is a prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings, which director Peter Jackson made into three Oscar-winning films about a decade ago.
The first Hobbit film was a blockbuster with global sales of US$981 million, according to the Box Office Mojo website.
The trilogy is financed by Warner Bros New Line Cinema and MGM.