The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was inevitably going to be a success.
Not only does the franchise have a built-in fan base, but after five other films, fans are going to turn up to see how it all ends.
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The surprise is just how many showed up opening weekend!
The film not only swallowed the competition like an enormous dragon hoarding gold — it even beat its own franchise record!
Though the final installment was expected to make only $70 million over its first five days, the holiday hit brought in $90.6!
That's more than either An Unexpected Journey ($84.6 mil) or The Desolation of Smaug ($73.6 mil) pulled in for their openings — though to be fair, Five Armies did have the advantage of a long weekend, opening on a Wednesday.
The final Hobbit was NOT able to dethrone The Return Of The King however; the final Lord Of The Rings film earned $124 million in its first five days.
Still, it show people are still into these films! If only there were more to make…
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