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‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Playing Powerfully in International Markets

International total at $53.4 million

Bilbo Baggins is playing powerfully outside the United States in the early opening stages of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

The second Hobbit film has hit $53.4 million internationally, including $29.3 million on Friday from 15,950 screens in 49 markets. The Friday number was 5% ahead of the first Friday for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and its Wednesday-Thursday grosses were up by 11% over “Journey.”

Worldwide, “Smaug” has totaled $84.5 million through Friday.

“An Unexpected Journey” delivered slightly over $1 billion worldwide — $303 million domestically and another $714 million internationally — so the early numbers indicate the New Line-MGM release may be able to match that. First-day U.S. results for “Smaug” came in at $31.1 million, signaling an opening weekend in the $75 million range, or about 12% behind the first weekend for “Journey.”

“Smaug” opened Friday in the U.K. with $4.7 million at 1,495 screens, 39% ahead of the “Journey” opening day, which was a Thursday.

Germany generated $4 million at 1,460 for a two-day total of $7.4 million for “Smaug” — 35% ahead of “Journey.”

Spain’s opening day for “Smaug” saw $2.3 million at 859 screens, making it the top Friday opening in 2013, while France pulled in $2.1 million at 909 locations for a three-day total of $6.4 million — 10% ahead of “Journey.”

In Brazil, “Smaug” opened with $1.5 million at 1,009 screens, 4% ahead of “Journey.”

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