‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ grossed an outstanding $98.3m at the international weekend box office, almost twice the earnings of its nearest challenger and a low 18% week-on-week fall. It expanded from 56 to 62 international markets with Germany being its most successful territory with a superb $15.8m hold. The Middle Earth sequel has now taken an impressive $423.8m internationally and, after factoring in North America, $616.1m worldwide.
Disney’s ‘Frozen’ continued to flourish and grossed a strong $50.5m from 43 markets for new international and worldwide running totals of $243.5m and $491.9m respectively. With China and Japan still to come, the comedy animation should make an impression internationally well into the New Year. The UK is currently its leading territory on $38.8m.
The weekend was also notable for Sony passing the $3b milestone at the worldwide box office with $1.9b coming from international markets.