Box Office: 'Hobbit: Five Armies' Opening to Huge Numbers Overseas
The final tentpole in Peter Jackson's trilogy doesn't open in the U.S. until Dec. 17
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies marched into its first 11 markets on Wednesday, coming in ahead of the previous two films in the trilogy and scoring the biggest opening-day of the year in eight of those countries, including Germany. It ranked No. 1 in all.
Germany led with an outstanding $3.2 million, including Tuesday night sneaks. It beat Transformers: Age of Extinction by 47 percent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 by 86 percent. In terms of its predecessors, Five Armies came in 66 percent ahead of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 4 percent ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey two years ago.
Five Armies is beginning its international rollout ahead of its Dec. 17 launch in North America, where it's poised to become the biggest movie of the year-end holidays.
After Germany, France followed with $2.7 million, 6 percent ahead of Smaug and 10 percent of ahead Unpexected Journey.
Among other results, Five Armies opened to $1.5 million in Sweden, $1 million in Norway — its second-biggest opening of all time after the final Harry Potter film — $638,000 in Holland and $499,000 in Finland.
In New Zealand, Jackson's home country and where the movies were shot, Five Armies is off to a roaring start, earning $141,000 in Thursday midnight runs.
By this weekend, the movie will be playing in a total of 37 foreign markets, in addition to North America.