â€œThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesâ€ charged to the top of the global box office, and has now earned more than $350 million. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), is the conclusion to Peter Jacksonâ€™s acclaimed â€œThe Hobbitâ€ Trilogy based on the timeless classic by J.R.R. Tolkien. The joint announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Beginning with sold-out preview screenings in the U.S., the film has earned $90.63 million domestically. â€œThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesâ€ also expanded across the majority of international markets, taking in $105.5 million over the weekend. The international total stands at $265 million and counting.
Internationally, opening day showings for â€œThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesâ€ were sold out, some weeks in advance, and thousands of fans waited in line to journey to Middle-earth one last time. The film enjoyed the biggest opening day of year in a number of key markets, including Germany, Scandinavia and the directorâ€™s home country of New Zealand, where it had the widest release ever in that country. The film also became the biggest Warner Bros. opening in Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, and shot to #1 in Brazil and Mexico, where it went up against the final match of the Mexican Soccer League. â€œThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesâ€ also broke records for the biggest opening of all time in Sweden, Finland, Croatia and Czech Republic; and the biggest opening of the year in Spain, Germany, Russia, Holland, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The film is yet to open in a number of markets, including China on January 23, as well as Australia, Argentina, Iceland and Uruguay, as well as Poland and other Eastern European territories.
Additionally, the film set records in IMAXÂ®, taking in $13.62 million on 360 domestic screens, marking the biggest December opening and the biggest opening for â€œThe Hobbitâ€ Trilogy. Internationally, the weekend total was $6.5 million on 217 IMAX screens for an international total of more than $15 million to date, including the biggest IMAX opening of all time in the UK, Germany and Austria.
In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, â€œFor Peter Jackson, the adventure that began with his benchmark â€˜The Lord of the Ringsâ€™ Trilogy has reached a high water mark with this incredible response to the epic finale of â€˜The Hobbitâ€™ Trilogy. Along with our colleagues at Warner Bros. and MGM, we congratulate Peter on this exciting conclusion to his 16-year endeavor to bring this enduring saga to life for millions of moviegoers all over the world.â€
Kroll stated, â€œWe are very proud to have accompanied Peter Jackson and his remarkable team of collaborators on his hugely successful cinematic journey. The positive response of both critics and audiences to this final film in â€˜The Hobbitâ€™ Trilogy is a tribute to the talents of everyone who dedicated years to bringing these ambitious films to fruition, and we applaud them all on this tremendous success.â€
Fellman said, â€œThis is an extraordinary start for our final adventure in Middle-earth. We are excited by the enthusiasm of moviegoers, who have already made â€˜The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesâ€™ a blockbuster, and this is just the beginning. We expect word of mouth to continue to drive the box office through the holiday season and well into the new year.â€
Kwan Vandenberg noted, â€œThis is a timeless story that speaks to audiences all over the world, and the anticipation for the Trilogyâ€™s electrifying finale has yielded tremendous results. Everywhere itâ€™s opened, the film has seen huge debuts, strong holds and amazing buzz, and the momentum will only build as we move into 2015.â€
In all releasing markets, â€œThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesâ€ surpassed the #1 openings of the two preceding films in the Trilogy, â€œThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyâ€ and â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,â€ which were released a year apart, starting in December 2012, with the first going on to earn more than a billion dollars worldwide and the second earning upwards of $950 million.