UPDATE: Thursday 12/26/12: New Line Cinema has announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has passed the $500 million mark worldwide, having so far grossed $179.7 million in the United States and $344 million internationally (helped by a record Boxing Day haul in Australia) for a total of $523.7 million. Christmas Day and Thursday’s numbers in the United States (each $11.3 million) were significantly stronger than Wednesday and Thursday from last week ($7.8 million and 6.3 million). I expect it to continue attracting a big audience through New Years Day and have a solid tail well into February.
UPDATE: Wednesday 12/26/12: The Hobbit made $96 million internationally from 59 markets this past weekend, including a very strong $17.6 million from its Russian debut. This is a total of $288.5 million internationally as of Monday, and $456.8 worldwide.
UPDATE: Tuesday, 12/25/12: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has reached $438.5 million worldwide. Still waiting for final weekend numbers.
UPDATE: Monday, 12/24/12: Estimates have The Hobbit making $36.7 million in the US this weekend. This would represent a 57% drop from last weekend. Final numbers should be available soon. Although this 10-day gross of $149.9 million is lower than that of The Two Towers ($168.1 million) and Return of the King ($190.8 million), keep in mind that those two films opened on December 18, a week later than The Hobbit, and thus would have had a higher gross based on opening on a traditionally stronger weekend that falls during (or close to) the holiday break period for many. In any event, I expect the The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again to perform significantly more strongly given the fact that An Unexpected Journey is almost entirely comprised of setup for the following two films.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will remain #1 at the United States box office this weekend, having taken in $10.2 million on Friday from 4,100 screens according to estimates.
This is a 73% drop from last Friday’s haul, but the weekend-to-weekend drop should be a good deal lower due to last Friday’s front loading. The Hobbit is performing very strongly worldwide: according to Deadline The Hobbit’s international haul was already at $189 million as of Thursday. Add this to the $123 million it’s pulled in domestically and you have an impressive $312 million worldwide. The Hobbit opened in Russia and the Ukraine over the past 2 days, so it’ll get a large boost from those markets when their results come in. It opens in Australia next week and China at a to-be-determined future date.
It’ll be interesting to watch the weekday (including Christmas day) numbers next week. I believe they’ll be high given the week off of work that many people will have. And I’d love to see more details regarding the performance of the HFR 3D showings both in the United States and overseas. Hopefully WB will provide some details soon.
I’ll be updating this post throughout the weekend as more numbers come in.