The final Hobbit movie is starting strong in its international launch with $11.3 million in 11 markets on Wednesday.
Warner Bros. reported that grosses for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” have come in above the first two “Hobbit” films with first-place finishes in all markets. It was the biggest opening day of the year in Germany, Belgium, Holland, all four Scandinavian territories and Switzerland.
Imax results were also impressive, with $298,000 at 21 runs for a per screen average of $14,185, led by Pathe Spuimarkt in the Hague with $27,268 and Cineplexx Imax Donauplex 13 in Vienna with $22,388.
Germany grossed $3.2 million at 1,442 screens, beating “Transformers: Age of Extinction” by 47%. France followed with $2.7 million, 6% ahead of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and Sweden took in $1.5 million, 5% over “Smaug.”
Norway grossed $1.03 million on 311 screens, its second-largest opening day ever behind the final “Harry Potter” film. Holland took in $638,000 at 220 screens, surpassing “Smaug” by 15%.
New Zealand — where Peter Jackson shot all three films — generated midnight sellouts on 105 screens for $141,000.
“Five Armies” is opening Thursday in 17 territories, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and New Zealand, and eight more markets Friday, including the U.K. Japan opens Saturday, lifting the total screen count to 14,000. It opens domestically Dec. 17.
Along with the U.S., South Korea, Italy and Spain open on the Dec. 17 weekend and China opens 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.