“The Hobbit” franchise is ending with a bang, with first-place openings in 17 international markets on Thursday and a two-day total of $26.6 million for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Russian moviegoers gave “Armies” the biggest Warner Bros. opening day ever with $2.5 million on 2,285 screens. That number topped “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” by 50%.
Brazil opened with $1.3 million at 1,037 screens and Mexico generated $1.1 million, taking 76% and 72% respectively of the top five films.
The New Zealand launch was the biggest of 2014 with $592,000 and set the record as the widest release in the country’s history with 205 screens at 104 sites.
Openings in Serbia and the Ukraine ranked as the biggest Warner’s titles of all time.
Germany has totalled $5.3 million two days followed by France with $4.2 million.
“Armies” opens in the U.K. Friday and in Japan on Saturday — lifting the total screen count to 14,000. It opens domestically Dec. 17.
Along with the U.S., South Korea, Italy and Spain debut the movie on the Dec. 17 weekend and China on Jan. 23.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in 70% of its worldwide grosses outside the U.S. with $714 million and $303 million in the U.S. “Smaug” grossed $700 million internationally and $258 million domestically.