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.
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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