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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.
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