‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Earns $8.8 Million in Midnight Shows

That total includes $1.25 million from IMAX 3D screenings. The midnight tally is 32% below ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’'s earnings.
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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Earns $8.8 Million in Midnight Shows

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema debuted The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in theaters at 10 PM and midnight showings last night, earning $8.8 million from these early screenings, $1.25 million of which came from IMAX 3D screenings.

The figure is the second highest midnight gross in December, behind its predecessor The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which earned $13 million from early screenings last year. The sequel's take is 32% less than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's midnight haul, although analysts expect The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to equal the the first movie's $84 million opening weekend earnings.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has also earned $8.5 million from its Wednesday opening in nine international territories, such as France ($2.8 million) and Sweden ($1.7 million). Warner Bros. also reported that the sequel took in $15.23 million on Thursday, for a two-day tally of $23.7 million, which is 11% higher than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's two-day international opening. Germany's opening day on Thursday was the biggest opening of the year, earning $3.4 million on 1,462 screens, with a 75% market share. Mexico also opened yesterday with $909,000 on 2,555 screens and 58% market share, while New Zealand posted a massive debut of $575,000 at 251 screens, with an 87% market share.

Check back on Sunday to see how The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fared in its three-day opening weekend.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013.

Sources:Variety

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  • undeadslayer4 • 2 years ago

    @skywise agreed there doing the same pattern as the LOTR trilogy

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    • skywise • 2 years ago

      Pretty damned impressive.

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      • bellandedward1 • 2 years ago

        Just seen the desolation of smaug it was exciting and action packed from start to finished smaug was done perfectly a grand film from peter Jackson who made a cameo in the oppening scene in the film can't wait till the grand finale next year when the hobbit there and back again opens on December 17 th ; 2014 now the wait for smaug on home video begins expect a march release date on home video

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        • therealGoku • 2 years ago

          Still a lot of money! Even if it wasn't as much as the first film

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