“The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies” passes $800M at foreign box office
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” crossed the $600 million mark at the overseas box office, led by a record $49.5 million debut in China this weekend, TheWrap reports.
That’s the highest non-holiday three-day opening for any movie there, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday, and it pushed the foreign total for the finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster franchise to $619 million. It also helped the Middle Earth epic to easily become the weekend’s No. 1 movie internationally, with a total of $54.2 million from 62 markets.
After ringing up a $249 million domestic haul, “Battle of the Five Armies” is now at $866 million globally and has a good shot $1 billion in worldwide grosses.
With the massive opening, China became the third highest-grossing foreign market for “Five Armies,” behind only Germany with $78 million and the U.K. with $63 million.
Warner Bros. received more good news from abroad, as “American Sniper” took in $17.6 million from 26 markets.
The No. 2 film overseas was Fox’s Liam Neeson thriller “Taken 3,” after the franchise finale tracked down $26.3 million from 57 markets. It opened in the top spot in France with $8.2 million. That tied with “Taken 2″ for Neeson’s best opening there.
“The Theory of Everything,” the Best Picture Oscar-nominated historical drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, took in $7 million from 25 markets for Universal. That upped its foreign total to $41.7 million.
Universal’s fantasy adventure film “The Seventh Son” is up to $77 million from abroad, after bringing in $6.8 million from 46 markets. It opens nationwide in the United States on Feb. 6.
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