Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Opens with $24.4 Million

     December 18, 2014

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Seems like audiences were indeed ready to journey to Middle Earth “One Last Time.”  The Battle of Five Armies, the final chapter in director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, pulled in an estimated $24.45 million from 3,875 locations yesterday.  That’s the biggest non-Friday opening of 2014 and the twelfth highest mid-week debut of all time.  The number includes $11.2 million in Tuesday previews, a figure that falls directly between the first two Hobbit films’ early screening totals.  In 2012, An Unexpected Journey brought in $13 million from midnight-only showings while, last year, The Desolation of Smaug earned $8.8 million from its initial previews.  Of course, both previous films opened on a Friday, which makes direct comparisons a little dicey.  At this point, it looks like The Hobbit 3 will reach $100 million in its first five days in domestic theatres – added to the $122 million the film has already earned overseas.  We’ll have complete Hobbit-related box office coverage this weekend.

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