Global Box Office: Final 'Hobbit' Film Races Past $350 Million
Peter Jackson's tentpole is outpacing the previous two 'Hobbit' films as moviegoers say goodbye to Middle-earth; 'Gone With the Bullets' No. 1 in China
New Line and MGM's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already crossed the $350 million mark at the worldwide box office, including a 12-day international total of $265 million.
Peter Jackson's tentpole, which closes out the Hobbit trilogy, is pacing ahead of the first two installments in many major markets, including North America, where Five Armies has earned $90.6 million in its first five days.
Internationally, Five Armies opened in another raft of markets over the weekend, bringing its total foreign territory count to 59. The epic debuted to $10.4 million in South Korea, 50 percent of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 26 percent ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey two years ago.
In Spain, Jackson's movie posted the top opening of 2014 to date with $6.3 million. And it stayed at No. 1 in a slew of key territories, including the U.K., where it has now earned $31.4 million, Russia ($21.5 million), Brazil ($13.1 million), Germany ($12.4 million) and France ($7.5 million).
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With Five Armies dominating most of the marketplace, other new holiday films are holding back in terms of their foreign footprint. Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened in only 28 territories, many of them smaller.
Secret of the Tomb, from Fox, took in $10.8 million, including a third-place finish in the U.K. with $2.9 million. Germany was close behind with $2.1 million.
Two new movies surviving the Hobbit onslaught were Chinese action-drama Gone With the Bullets, which debuted in China to a rousing $36 million (Five Armies has yet to open there) and Bollywood entry PK, which grossed $22.1 million internationally from 21 markets and cracked the top 10 chart in North America with $3.5 million.
Among holdovers, DreamWorks Animation and Fox's Penguins of Madagascar all but hit the $200 million mark globally, including an updated foreign total of $135.6 million after earning another $16.5 million internationally over the weekend.