The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened in Australia on Boxing Day, which is December 26th, and now stands as the biggest Thursday opening in the land down under. Here are some other statistics for the sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Smaug also gave the studio its biggest-ever weekend opening in Russia and opened in the top spot there with an estimated $18.8M from 2,115 screens, tracking ahead of the original. It has been No. 1 in Germany and has been outperforming the original Hobbit there and in France. The total take in the UK alone is more than $32M.
So, congratulations for Peter Jackson and his team. We certainly are looking for to the third and final part of The Hobbit movie trilogy in 2014.