Bilbo and company hit Chinese theatres this weekend, giving Warner Bros. it’s biggest ever opening weekend in China.
Those dwarves really know how to dig up a fortune, with their flick hauling in a hefty $32.5 million (U.S) over three days. This beat Bilbo’s first outing, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXECTED JOURNEY, by 74%.
China’s growing IMAX market raked in $4.4 million of the total; the highest ever opening score for a Hollywood film in China.
THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is only the second Hollywood film to ever be granted a February release in China due to restrictions to releases surrounding Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.
With the Chinese figures added, worldwide takings for THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG are estimated to be in the vicinity of $900,000,000 – Nice!
For those keeping score, AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY took $1,017,003,568 and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING took $1,119,929,521