German Box Office: Final 'Hobbit' Film Lands Best Opening of 2014
The third time's a charm for Peter Jackson's fantasy franchise
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies scored a one-two box-office triumph in Germany, landing the best opening weekend of 2014 and the best opening for the franchise in the territory.
The third and final Hobbit film sold more than 1.5 million tickets in Germany over its five-day opening period, earning close to $20 million (€15 million). That compares to a €13.8 million opening weekend in Germany for the last Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and €11.5 million for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first feature in the franchise. The Desolation of Smaug went on to sell more than 6 million tickets in Germany for an $80 million (€64.3 million) gross, making it the most successful film in the territory last year.
Well behind The Hobbit but still with a respectable $2.4 million (€1.9 million) gross was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which continues to outpace the performance of its predecessor, Catching Fire, selling more than 3 million tickets in Germany through its fourth weekend in release for StudioCanal Germany. StudioCanal's in-house production, Paddington took the number three slot with around $2 million. Behind it was DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar with $1.6 million (€1.3 million).
With German school holidays coming up, the future for all four top titles looks bright, with only two major studio starts looking to steal some of the holiday box office: Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Exodus: Gods and Kings, which open here on Dec. 18 and Dec. 25, respectively.