Movies: The Hobbit tops $700m at global box office

Despite garnering mixed reviews from fans, Peter Jackson’s third and final Hobbit film is a financial success, officially taking more than $700 million globally, and enjoying its fourth week at the top of the foreign charts. This past weekend alone earned it $52.2 million, across 65 markets.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was the highest-grossing U.S. release for the third week running, but it also enjoyed major successes internationally: $7.4m in Germany, $5.1m in the U.K., $3.9m in France. $2.1m in Argentina earned distributor Warner Bros. its biggest opening of all time.

Adding the numbers together, the worldwide total for The Five Armies is just less than $723m – and the film hasn’t even made it into China yet – the world’s second largest film market. The conclusion to the epic trilogy opens there on January 23.

(All prices in US$.)

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