‘The Hobbit’ Finale Opens Strong Internationally with $11.3 Million

The Hobbit The Battle of the

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.

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  1. Fletcher says:

    It opened on the 11th our time in New Zealand.

  2. Ade Rockmero says:

    In Mexico the movie opened Thursday DECEMBER 11, with a Wednesday midnight screening in several cinemas.

  3. After disastrous marketing campaign for Desolation of Smaug, that was largely focused on unpopular made-up character Tauriel and therefore resulted in boxoffice drops everywhere (except China where marketing focus was the dragon, not Evangeline Lilly) , WB recovered with LOTR nostalgia-focused campaign aka OneLastTime that also put an emphasis on popular characters (Thorin, Thranduil, Bard) while Tauriel was largely pushed in the background and featured only in snippets where someone beats her up. So no wonder that the movie is increasing. It’s a mistake to use unpopular characters and actors as faces of the movie and Desolation learned it the hard way. But 5 Armies are on the way to offsetting that debacle because the marketing focus was on popular stuff (LOTR) and people.

  4. Silvia says:

    Wait, you are talking about the opening in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia and Switzerland – but in the next sentence you mention Vienna. That is the capital of Austria. We are not the same as Germany, although we speak German. So, please, although we are a small country… we still are a country worth mentioning. Thank you!

    • Steve says:

      Silvia, the first paragraph simply names the countries where the film had the biggest opening of the year.

      The following paragraph notes a new point regarding the IMAX results, the top two cinemas being Pathé in the Hague (a city) and Cineplexx in Vienna. I see no sign the author believes Vienna to be a part of Germany as you suggest.

  5. Nancy Hayes says:

    Several US, big studio $ backed, have oddly been opening overseas recently. The 3rd would have done 11 mill easily at a midnight Thursday into Friday opening. We cannot see it here until the 17th? Know where your bread is buttered New Line!

  6. Edward says:

    I saw it last night in New Zealand, very much out here

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