BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Takes Aim At $85M+ Weekend

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has had something of an unusual release, debuting on Wednesday rather than Friday. However, with both a solid looking weekend ahead and the past few days combined, it appears as if the final movie in the trilogy will be another hit...


After opening this past Wednesday, Peter Jackson's conclusion to his Hobbit trilogy already reached $16.6 million by Friday, but combine that with an expected $54 million this weekend, and it's marched straight to the top of the North American box office with around $88 million. These numbers come courtesy of Variety, and while the estimates on some sites are slightly lower, this is still more than initial predictions of $80 million or less. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies faces stiff competition from both Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie, and while both of those are a long way behind it, they've obviously still made a dent in its takings. For comparisons sake, An Unexpected Journey opened to $84.6 million and The Desolation of Smaug took $73.6 million. Are you guys planning on seeing The Battle of the Five armies this weekend?
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