Magazine article Screen International

Hobbit Finale Storms to $90M in US

Magazine article Screen International

Hobbit Finale Storms to $90M in US

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New Line-MGM's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.

Peter Jackson's Middle Earth finale - his sixth in the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit series - stands at $355.6m worldwide after two weekends and is set for a huge holiday run that should carry it well into the New Year.

The film grossed $20.1m for a record Imax worldwide December weekend, of which $13.6m came from 360 Imax screens in North America over five days.

Fox's Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb arrived in second place on $17.3m over three days and Columbia Pictures' Annie finished third on $16.3m over three days.

UTV scored a record Bollywood launch in North America for the comedy fantasy P.K. starring Amir Khan. The film placed tenth and grossed $22.1m in its opening session in India.

Wild climbed four places to number six in the third session through Fox Searchlight after expanding from 116 to 1,061 theatres, grossing $4.2m for $7.2m.

Exodus: Gods And Kings ranks fourth through Fox on $8.1m for $38.9m in the second weekend, while Lionsgate's Mockingjay - Part 1 in fifth place added $7.8m for $289.2m in the fifth session.

SPC opened Mr. Turner starring Oscar contender Timothy Spall on $109,000 from five venues for a solid $21,800 average, while GKids' animation hopeful Song Of The Sea arrived in a single site on $18,000.

Overall box office gained 69% on the previous weekend while the combined $128,718,000 box office for the top 12 finished a little over 6% behind the comparable session in 2013, when The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug entered its second weekend. …

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