Following its international release on the 13th of December, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug opened to huge success, both in the United States and abroad. Interestingly, the film did extremely well on the international market, where it earned an estimated $131 million, compared to the $73.6 million it earned in the United States over the weekend. In total, the film has already recuperated it's $200 million budget with a few million to spare, earning over $204 million in it's opening weekend.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has actually done slightly worse than it's predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in U.S. cinemas: down by 12%, despite much better reviews from critics than the first installment of the trilogy. The better reviews could eventually work out to bring in more revenue in total.
Releases on the international market were more or less equivalent between the two Hobbit films. What is worthy of notice is that in many of the international markets, An Unexpected Journey opened on a four day weekend, while Desolation of Smaug opened on a two day weekend, suggesting Desolation of Smaug is comparatively doing better on a per-day basis.
is no doubt happy, and if the success of the first installment of the trilogy serves as any kind of guide, this film should be on track to grossing over $1 billion as well.
Have you seen Desolation of Smaug? What did you think of it?