BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Scores $8.5M In International Openings

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened in a handful of international territories yesterday, earning an impressive $8.5 million in total. Hit the jump for details on both that and the predicted domestic opening weekend for the highly anticipated sequel!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/12/2013

Deadline reports that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took a total of $8.5 million on its opening day in a number of international markets, putting it well on track to to at least do as well as - if not better than - 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Analysts are predicting that the sequel will earn upwards of $85 million when it's released in North America tomorrow. The first instalment opened to $84.6 million, before going on to gross a total of $303 million domestically. The sequel is also released in an additional 49 territories on Friday, and despite a slightly later Japanese debut, an overall total worldwide cume of over $1 billion is expected. So far, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has grossed $2.8 million in France, and had the biggest opening of 2013 in countries like Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. Will you be checking it out tomorrow?
Source: Deadline
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CrimsonFlash - 12/12/2013, 3:04 PM
Hated the first one. Absolutely did not need to be broken up. Made it boring and repetitive. Also the action scenes in 2D were so blury you couldn't see anything.
dougieisrollingthejays - 12/12/2013, 3:04 PM
I expect this one to be the film to dethrone Iron Man 3.
dougieisrollingthejays - 12/12/2013, 3:05 PM
@Crimson I thought it was good. Action scenes were awesome in my opinion. I do agree it was repetitive though.
JasonBlue - 12/12/2013, 3:06 PM
Pass.
TheOneAboveAll - 12/12/2013, 3:07 PM
I can't wait to watch it
Ramiel - 12/12/2013, 3:08 PM
6 hours to go, baby!
SauronsBANE - 12/12/2013, 3:11 PM
Guaranteed to make over $1 billion. Guaranteed. And when the 3rd comes out next year? Oh boy. Not that I think it deserves that much money, but no doubt it'll be financially successful.

Don't quote me on this, but I think I remember reading somewhere that when you factor in inflation and increased costs for things like CGI, it made less than what the Fellowship of the Ring made.
ckal - 12/12/2013, 3:18 PM
As long as DOS doesn't have mindless childish theme park unecessary action scenes for the sake of action scenes being filler for story telling, like AUJ, and is more focused on emotion, I'll be happy.

From the sounds of the reviews, it seems that DOS is better on every level than AUJ, so that's a good sign.
Dotanuki - 12/12/2013, 3:19 PM
I'm old school. The original Rankin-Bass cartoon was good enough for me. After seeing the first movie of the this trilogy, I'm in no hurry to see the remaining two parts. There was just too much noticeable CGI and the make up looked poorly done compared with the LOTR trilogy.
ALmazing - 12/12/2013, 3:27 PM
If this one is bad, this will be a really disappointing year for movies.
Kyos - 12/12/2013, 3:40 PM
@ckal

Well, based on everything I read I'd say you won't be happy - everything is now an action scene. But there's also emotion, especiall involving characters that aren't from the book.

Okay, I might be too negative here. Also haven't seen the movie myself, yet. Beorn looks ridiculous, though.
DelTorite - 12/12/2013, 3:46 PM
Waiting for the "Floppit" jokes like last year.
Liverpool4life - 12/12/2013, 3:53 PM
I enjoyed the first but agree about the ill-conceived roller coaster scene. The movie was lengthy enough to avoid such moments.
6guerin - 12/12/2013, 4:24 PM
saw it tonight, way better than the first, evangeline is badass and sexy as hell !!!! slaug is one if the best dragon you could see on screen. great improvement but some flaws.

but visually stunning ..... sets,wardrobes,cgi wowwww.
Gmoney84 - 12/12/2013, 5:06 PM
So ready for this!
mk - 12/12/2013, 5:15 PM
Im ready! My whole fam is as well LOL
Super12 - 12/12/2013, 6:57 PM
CAN'T. FREAKING. WAIT.
Gnyah123 - 12/12/2013, 8:45 PM
only reason i would probably go see this
to see the dragon fight scenes
to see nolans new movie trailer
and to see the godzilla trailer
ELgUaSoN - 12/12/2013, 9:25 PM

@Almight-
Not to MARVEL it wont... lol XD


Namor - 12/12/2013, 9:34 PM
Can't wait, but gotta pass on seeing it in theaters because i'm broke..lol
Nomis1800 - 12/13/2013, 5:20 AM
FANTASTIC FLM!!!
Nomis1800 - 12/13/2013, 5:20 AM
FILM***
MightyZeus - 12/13/2013, 11:55 PM
I really cant wait to see this in theaters when it's released here.

I loved the first film even though the beginning was slow but i've read in reviews that this installment picks up the pace.

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