THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Crosses $300 Million Worldwide
On the heels of its No. 1 openings around the globe, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has surpassed $300 million at the worldwide box office after seven days in release. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), has taken in an estimated $104.6 million domestically and $213.6 million internationally, for a worldwide estimated total to date of $318.2 million, including $23 million from Imax theatres worldwide.
The joint announcement was made today by Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios; Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the second film in Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson's epic "The Hobbit" Trilogy, based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The first film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," was released on December 14, 2012, and went on to become a billion dollar success at the worldwide box office.
Opening day showings for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starting at midnight on December 12, were sold out, some weeks in advance, and thousands of fans waited in line to be among the first to see the movie. The film hit #1 in the U.S. and in nearly every one of the 49 territories in which it was released. Major markets yet to open include Japan and Australia.
In making the announcement, Barber said, "We are thrilled that the fans have responded to this film with such Passion and I want to tip my hat to Peter, the cast, and the entire team behind the scenes as well as our partners at New Line and Warner Bros. Our congratulations to all involved for reaching this impressive benchmark so swiftly."
Emmerich added, "We couldn't be happier for our filmmakers and cast. 'Smaug' is a breathtaking expansion of Peter's realization of Middle-earth. And we're all extremely pleased that moviegoers are embracing the movie."
Kroll stated, "Since the billion dollar success of the first movie, we've been building anticipation worldwide with events and screenings that reach out to fans across the globe, and it's been tremendously exciting to see so much enthusiasm for this film. Peter Jackson and his remarkable cast and filmmaking team have been very much a part of this effort and we congratulate them on this tremendous opening."