‘The Hobbit’ Finale Nears $600 Million at Global Box Office

WB-MGM pic reaches $400 million overseas; 'Exodus' earns $31 million over weekend

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” crossed the $400 million mark at the international box office, topping charts for a third consecutive weekend.

The Middle-earth finale earned $89.2 million from 62 territories, pushing its global haul to $573.2 million. The two previous films in the trilogy have generated roughly $2 billion at the box office, and the hope is that the latest edition will add another billion or so to Warner Bros.’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s coffers. Domestically, “The Hobbit” was the number one grossing film, earning $41.4 million over the post-Christmas weekend.

The fantasy sequel debuted in Australia to $10.1 million and in Poland to $5.3 million. It continued to perform well in Germany with $11.7 million, France with $6.9 million and the United Kingdom with $6.6 million, among other territories. In terms of upcoming markets, a January 23 debut in China looms the largest.

Fox’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was a distant runner-up at the foreign box office. The second place finisher pulled in $31 million from 39 territories. Ridley Scott’s Old Testament extravaganza debuted to $6.7 million in Brazil, $5.3 million in France, $4.3 million in the United Kingdom and $3.6 million in Germany. A flop in the U.S., the $140 million production is dependent on foreign crowds to make its money back. So far, the biblical epic has generated $149.5 million worldwide. It opens in Russia next week.

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” another financial disappointment for Fox, is also trying to salvage its box office fortunes abroad. To that end, the family film picked up $30.3 million from 6,467 screens in 40 markets. The film carries an $127 million pricetag and has generated $103.9 million globally.

Chinese action film “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” scored a fourth-place finish, pulling in $25 million. The 3D film centers on Chinese communist forces as they face off against bandits. Appeal outside of the People’s Republic will likely be limited.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” netted a robust $24.7 million from 51 territories, driving its global total to $320.8 million. The animated adventure still has several key markets left to open, including China in March and Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom in January.

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