$73.7 million box office opening weekend for Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has had an opening weekend of $73.7 million in the United States and Canada.

One year ago, its predecessor ‘An Unexpected Journey’ made $84.6 in its opening weekend. The slight decrease compared to that movie is probably due to tough weather in the East, causing more potential moviegoers to stay at home.

Still, The Desolation of Smaug seems to be right on track for similar overall box office success as An Unexpected Journey, which grossed over $1 billion.

The total production budget of the three movies is estimated at around $560 million, which includes production of ‘There and back again’, the final part which is set for release in December 2014.

Lord of the Rings comparison

It remains to be seen if the adaption of the The Hobbit to the screen will surpass the movie adaption of The Lord of the Rings, also directed by Peter Jackson. That first trilogy grossed $2.91 billion worldwide, meaning that The Hobbit still has quite some ground to make up.

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