ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is enthralling audiences down under and raking in the cash at the box office. The epic film opened on Boxing Day (December 26th), which is a national holiday in Australia.

The directed sequel totally dominated the box office with a 60 percent marked share of the top 5 films and grossed a staggering $4.9 million US dollars.

If racking up the cash wasn't enough, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug also earned the accolade of being the second biggest Boxing Day opening of all time, finishing just 7 percent behind its predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit fans go wild at the New Zealand premier!

Smaug was also welcomed with open arms and, wallets in New Zealand where the trilogy is being filmed. The movie smashed expectations by clocking up a 4 day gross of $1.85 million US dollars, 10 percent more than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned at its record-breaking debut a year ago.

Overall, the film has being laying eggs like a golden goose internationally, with a total take last weekend of $278.4 million US dollars. Go team Smaug!

Do you think that Smaug deserves such a rapturous reception?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Images: The One Ring



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