‘Hobbit’ Sequel Will Outpace the First at Overseas Box Office – And That’s Saying Plenty

The furry-toed heroes of “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” are about to leave a huge footprint at the foreign box office.

The first film in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogy, “An Unexpected Journey,” ran up more than $1 billion at the global box office last year – with $700 million of that coming from international.  That’s a tough act to follow, but Warner Bros. executives  think this one could be even bigger overseas, and most analysts agree.

We’ll find out starting Wednesday, when “Smaug” opens in France, Sweden, Belgium and a handful of Norwegian countries. By Friday, it will have rolled out in 3,903 U.S. theaters and will be in roughly 50 foreign markets.  Read More...



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