He couldn’t believe how many people had turned up to watch the movie. ©Warner Bros

Ker-ching-ching ching! That’s what we’ve all been fighting for in Middle Earth, y’all: an opening weekend North American box office of US$90 million for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The movie has earned an estimated US$56.2 million Stateside since Friday, and a total North American haul of $90.6 million since opening on Wednesday.

By comparison, last year’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (see our review) opened to $73.6 million, while the trilogy’s first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opened to $84.6 million in its first weekend.

But as The Hollywood Reporter notes – the first two Hobbit films opened on a Friday versus “Five Armies” five-day opening. Nevertheless, it’s sure to make much and many more money.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
“Am I pretty enough for $90m then?” ©New Line Cinema

As you’ll have seen from our review, we weren’t terribly impressed by The Battle of the Five Armies. Which is a real shame, considering how many magical moments the original LOTR trilogy produced.

When I think of the LOTR movies, I think of Aragorn urging Theoden: “Ride out and meet them!” Or Eowyn snarling at the Witch-king of Angmar: “I am no man!” Or the moment when Frodo volunteers to bear the Ring to Mordor, sending genuine shivers up and down my spine.

Right now, when I think of The Hobbit, all I can picture is Legolas Super Mario jumping off that bridge. Ah well.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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