Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the final film in the trilogy, held preview screenings in the U.S. last night ahead of the general release today and pulled in a considerable $11.2 million. That’s behind the $13 million in previews for 2012’s ‘An Unexpected Journey’ but ahead of the $8.8 million for last year’s ‘Desolation of Smaug’.
The previous two films opened on a Friday and scored $84 million and $73 million opening weekends respectively, so estimating how well ‘Five Armies’ will do with its Wednesday opening is tricky. It is, however, expected to score at least $75 million through Sunday.
Reviews wise the film looks like it’ll end up the weakest of the three, but not my much. It currently stands at 60% (6.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and 59/100 Metacritic, with further results likely to push those numbers a smidgen down. Compare that to ‘An Unexpected Journey’ with 64% (6.6/10) on RT & 58/100 on MC, or ‘Desolation of Smaug’ with 74% (6.8/10) on RT & 66/100 on MC.
International results for ‘Five Armies’ are already in with the film taking in $122.2 million from 37 markets last weekend. 70% of that total came from 3D screens.