Peter Jackson’s final trip to Middle Earth, and the finale of his The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies has ruled the box office this weekend. While it has yet to open in the US (the film opens on 17th December), Jackson’s finale of his The Hobbit trilogy has stormed every territory it has opened in.
In fact, The Battle of the Five Armies has opened bigger than both the previous The Hobbit films, and they both went on the achieve over $700 million in box office sales outside the US, so naturally this film is expected to do the same.
Among the notable territories, Germany accounted for $19.5 million, the United Kingdom contributed $15.2 million, France added $14.5 million, and Russia amassed $13.4 million, ranking as the biggest Warner Bros. opening ever in the country.
The Germany opening is the biggest of the year.
The film also opened in Brazil ($6.9 million), Mexico ($6.4 million), and New Zealand ($1.8 million). It wasn’t particularly impressive in Japan ($2.46 million), though it’s rare for a live-action import to do much business there.
Next weekend, the movie expands in to Italy, Spain and South Korea. It then reaches Australia on December 26th, and finally opens in China in late January.
Imax screenings accounted for $6.4 million of the film’s opening.
This is a great start to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and with the Christmas holidays just around the corner, this could end up being the biggest film of the year!
You can read our review here
“The Hobbit” Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film also stars, in alphabetical order, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner.
The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies will be released worldwide December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.
The Battle of the Five Armies synopsis:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
While on the subject of all things The Hobbit, a new Saturday Night Live sketch was put together for the show which aired a few days ago, and in the sketch we see Martin Freeman return to where his career kicked off: The Office.
In the hilarious below video, Freeman returns to The Office, accompanied by a number of characters from Middle Earth. Enjoy!