U.K. Box Office: Final 'Hobbit' Film Beats 'Paddington'
'The Battle of Five Armies' knocks the Peruvian bear from the top spot
The final Hobbit installment fought its way to the top of the U.K. box office, taking $15 million in its opening weekend and pushing U.K. success story Paddington into second place.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies debuted higher than the second film in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, which took $14.5 million in its first week last year, but below that of An Unexpected Journey’s $18.1 million in 2012.
Paddington’s third-week revenue of $4.5 million brought its total to $22.4 million, making it distributor StudioCanal’s biggest release of all time in the U.K.
In its fourth week, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 landed in the third spot with $1.7 million, taking its overall box office in Britain to $42.6 million, followed by The Penguins of Madagascar with $1.6 million and The Imitation Game, which brought in $800,000.