Battle of the Five Armies is beating The Desolation of Smaug at the box office

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In the first 19 days after its release, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ has grossed over $220 million in the United States alone. This is more than its predecessor ‘The Desolation of Smaug’, which hauled in over $201 million in the same time period.

After its opening weekend, ‘Armies’ was still around $20 million behind ‘Smaug’. However, the second movie saw a huge 57.2% drop in numbers in its second week, a little over one year ago. All in all, ‘Armies’ seems to be giving a much more steady performance up until this point.

Biggest movie of the week

Battle of the Five Armies was also the best scoring movie in cinemas for the first weekend of 2015. It raked in $21.9 million, thus narrowly beating the Disney Musical Into the Woods ($19.1 million) and Angelina Jolie’s World War II drama Unbroken.

Where will it end?

Until now, ‘Armies’ has grossed nearly $723 million worldwide. A huge amount, but of all six movies set in the mythical world of Tolkien, it is still the lowest amount. The first movie it can catch up with is The Fellowship of the Ring, the opening movie of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which hauled in nearly $870 million worldwide.


All-time leader of the pack is The Return of the King. Together with ‘An Unexpected Journey’, the opening movie of The Hobbit trilogy, it is the only Tolkien movie which has grossed over $1 billion in total. ‘RotK’ is the eight highest grossing movie of all time. All six ‘Peter Jackson Tolkien movies’ are in the top 25 of this list.

The following weeks and months will show just how high ‘Armies’ can reach. As we wait to find out, don’t forget that you can get a free audiobook of The Hobbit through Click here for more information, or simply go ahead and download your free ‘The Hobbit’ audiobook at »

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