'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' rakes in $125 million overseas before U.S. debut
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By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
12/17/2014 (4 years ago)
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"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the concluding chapter of director Peter Jackson's version of the Tolkien tale will open in the U.S. today. The final installment should earn between $70 million and $75 million for the five days, according to estimates, to lead the U.S. box office.
A debut at around $70 million, however, would put "Battle of the Five Armies" behind the pace of the first and second installments, which also opened on Fridays.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Rated PG-13, "Five Armies" will hit more than 3,850 theaters this weekend around the U.S. The film has already earned $125 million in foreign markets through Tuesday.
A debut around $70 million, however, would put "Battle of the Five Armies" behind the pace of the first and second installments, which also opened on Fridays. The second film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," opened one week earlier last year. That installment earned $73.6 million in its debut, eventually earning $958.4 million worldwide. The first installment, "An Unexpected Journey," opened in December 2012 to $84.6 million on its way to a grand total of $1 billion.
"Battle of the Five Armies" could possibly earn higher than the expected range.
"Battle of the Five Armies" could possibly earn higher than the expected range. Ardent Hobbit fans could turn out in droves to say goodbye to the Tolkien franchise.
The New Line and MGM film faces tougher competition than its predecessors during a crowded holiday season. Sony's family film "Annie" and Fox's "Night at the Museum" sequel both open this weekend. The musical "Into the Woods," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Paramount's "The Gambler" and "The Interview," the film at the center of the Sony hack attack all open next weekend.
Another third film in a trilogy, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," starring Ben Stiller is predicted to earn around $35 million-plus in its debut.
"Secret of the Tomb" marks one of the final film appearances for both Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney, who both died in 2014. Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Ben Kingsley also star.
Sony's remake "Annie", starring Quvenzhane Wallis, is opening Friday, is predicted to earn $15 million or slightly higher in its debut.
Also starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, "Annie" is a contemporary adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie."
Both "Exodus: Gods and Kings," which topped last weekend, and Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," now in its fifth week, should continue to do steady business this weekend as the holiday season kicks into high gear.
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