In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from the film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Mark Pokorny)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final installment of “The Hobbit” doesn’t just mark the conclusion of Bilbo Baggins’ journey on the big screen. It’s also the end of a massively successful film franchise that’s earned New Line and Warner Bros. nearly $5 billion, going all the way back to the 2001 release of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

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