It looks like Warner Bros. Pictures and Academy award-winning director Peter Jackson have won the battle of the five armies as the last installment of "The Hobbit" killed it at the box office during the holidays. Read on for further details.
The third and final movie in "The Hobbit" franchise, aptly titled "The Battle of the Five Armies" made $11.2 million on opening day when it opened in North American theaters Dec. 16, 2014, the second highest performer for 2014, going neck to neck with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1."
During the three-day opening, the Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving-starrer made $54.7 million, rising to $89 million in five days, the highest grossing five-day opening in "The Hobbit" trilogy ever recorded.
It set a record of $13.4 million at IMAX and passed the $100 million mark by Dec. 23, 2014 after only seven days in theaters.
This final instalment of "The Hobbit" also grossed a total of $405 million internationally across 37 markets and topped the box office on opening day, even outperforming its two previous films by 71 percent of the total gross.
To top it off, critics have showered the film with “generally positive” reviews, particularly citing its high energy and shorter running time, not to mention its satisfying closure. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 61 percent approval rating as well.
“This is a tremendous result so early in our run, especially in this highly competitive holiday season,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman was quoted by Street Insider as saying in a press release.
“Together with our partners at MGM and New Line, we are very happy that moviegoers are not only thrilling to this final adventure in ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy, but also want to share the experience with their families and friends. Word of mouth and repeat business should lead to continued success as we head into next year,” added Fellman.
If you haven’t caught up with "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" yet, here’s a trailer of 2014’s top grossing film to whet your appetite:
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