Who knows if it is the desire to go to Middle Earth one more time, or people are actually excited to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but the film is already doing gonzo business.
Since the film premiered yesterday, it has banked a whopping $24.45 million already. Yup, that’s the largest non-Friday opening of the entire year.
How does that compare to the opening of the previous two installments of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey brought in $13 million from its opening night showings and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug scored $8.8 million. So yeah, people are thrilled to witness The Battle of the Five Armies.
As we stated in our The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review, the film is a solid send-off to the series. And although nothing can compare to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, seeing Jackson back in Middle Earth with some of our favorite characters (such as Ian McKellen’s Gandalf and Orlando Bloom’s Legolas) has been a nice journey. And now, sadly, it is over.
At this rate, it looks like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will open with $100 million in box office receipts before the weekend is over. That’s a whole lot of dwarf gold!
Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online and get ready for the final chapter.