The conclusion to Peter Jackson’s acclaimed The Hobbit Trilogy has made a staggering amount of money, proving once again that our thirst for middle-Earth adventure is unquenchable.
Based on the timeless classic by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earned an estimated $244.5 million in America alone and held the top spot at the box office for its first three weekends.
Worldwide, the figure is said to have just topped an eye-watering $800 million!
The film, which saw Ian McKellen return as Gandalf the Grey, Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield has been a roaring success.
Perhaps in part because of its incredibly good, complex storyline: in BOTFA, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor in seeking the Arkenstone, despite Smaug's temper and desperate attempts by Bilbo to make him do otherwise! Meanwhile, Sauron sends the Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain. All races must decide whether to unite or die. It's as good as it sounds!
Watch a clip from The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies below:
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's latest film Mortdecai only took a tragic $4.13 million at the box office. A figure made worse when you realize the film's budget ran to $60 million. Yikes!