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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens to franchise best $90.6 million in US

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has opened to a franchise best $90.6 million in the US.

The final instalment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy comfortably beat both Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie, which both suffered soft starts.

Internationally, the final Hobbit entry also grossed another $105.5 million for a total global haul to date of $355.6 million.

The figures prompted Warners executive vice president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein to comment: “Everybody wanted to be a part of the last trip to Middle Earth.”

Elsewhere, the third film in the Night At The Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, which re-teams director Shawn Levy with leading man Ben Stiller, opened to $17.3 million, a franchise low. It still took second place.

The remake of Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx, came in at $16.3 million and took third.

The figures for Annie are still being viewed as encouraging for distributor Sony, who have suffered a torrid time with their ongoing battle against hackers.

Josh Greenstein, Sony’s newly installed president of worldwide marketing and distribution, commented: “This is an incredible start for us on a very crowded weekend, and sets us up beautifully for the holidays.

Annie is a big win for the studio. We stayed focused and rallied around this film to get it out into the world.”

The remainder of the US top five was taken up by Ridley Scott biblical epic Exodus, which placed fourth, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which took its US total to $289.2 million with a further $7.8 million. World-wide, the film has now taken $639.7 million.

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