“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was the one film to rule them all at the foreign box office this weekend, picking up a massive $117.6 million.
The final installment in Peter Jackson’s six-film Middle-earth series debuted in 38 foreign territories, including such major markets as Japan, Russia and Mexico. It opens in the U.S. on Dec. 17.
Imax screenings accounted for $6.4 million of the film’s opening.
Among the notable territories, Germany accounted for $19.5 million, the United Kingdom contributed $15.2 million, France added $14.5 million, and Russia amassed $13.4 million, ranking as the biggest Warner Bros. opening ever in the country.
Sliding in at number two on the foreign charts, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” earned $18.8 million from 6,096 screens in 27 markets. The biblical epic debuted overseas last week ahead of its Stateside release in roughly 10 markets including Mexico and Australia and has so far made $50.2 million internationally. Domestically, the story of Moses earned a mediocre $24.5 million in its initial weekend in theaters. With a pricetag of $140 million, the film needs foreign audiences to turn out in a big way.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Penguins of Madagascar” were the third and fourth highest-grossing films overseas, picking up $16 million and $14.7 million, respectively. The “Hunger Games” sequel has earned $611.4 million worldwide, while the “Madagascar”spinoff has picked up $175.5 million.
Fifth place finisher “Interstellar” blasted past $600 million globally last week. The space adventure earned $11.4 million overseas, pushing its worldwide total to $621.8 million. Chinese audiences were a boon to “Interstellar,” delivering $122.9 million in ticket sales.