The top of the box office was exactly as expected this weekend, as Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took #1 with ease. The final film on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchise brought in $56.2 million over the three day weekend, bringing its five-day total to $90.6 million. While it’s the second-lowest three-day weekend for the franchise (ahead of only The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001), it also opened on a Wednesday and its five-day total puts it ahead of The Desolation of Smaug’s first five days. The numbers are aehad of the mid- to high-seventies that industry analysts were tracking it at; the film has added $122.2 million overseas for a $212.8 million worldwide take so far.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film’s grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $56.2 million ($90.6 million total)
2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $17.3 million ($17.3 million total)
3. Annie – $16.3 million ($16.3 million total)
4. Exodus: Gods & Kings – $8.1 million ($38.9 million total)
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $7.8 million ($289.2 million total)
6. Wild – $4.2 million ($7.2 million total)
7. Top Five – $3.6 million ($12.6 million total)
8. Big Hero 6 – $3.6 million ($190.4 million total)
9. The Penguins of Madagascar – $3.5 million ($64.2 million total)
10. P.K. – $3.5 million ($3.5 million total)