December 17, 2014

TUESDAY NIGHT BOX OFFICE: The Final “Hobbit” Starts Big


THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (New Line/MGM/Warners) had a royal start with $11.2M in shows that began at 7PM on Tuesday night.  This is the first Hobbit movie to open midweek, but the Tuesday number is better than the $8.8M that The Desolation of Smaug earned on its opening Thursday night last year.  However, it’s below the $13M Thursday night for An Unexpected Journey.  Those two movies went on to 3-day weekends of $73.6M and $84.6M respectively.

The Lord of the Rings movies did open on Wednesdays, but they began their runs at midnight rather than the preceding evening.  Return of the King, also the concluding chapter in a trilogy, took in $8M from its midnight shows, on its way to a $34.1M Wednesday and a 5-day total of $124.1M (which included $72.6M for the 3-day weekend).

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."