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Will Moviegoers Show Up One Last Time for 'The Hobbit'?

17 December 2014 5:24 PM, PST

Thursday Am Update: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earned an estimated $24.46 million on opening day. That includes an estimated $11.2 million from late Tuesday showings.This is the second-lowest opening day in Peter Jackson's six-movie Middle Earth saga; its ahead of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but below the rest. That's not a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, though, as the first two Hobbit movies opened on a Friday.If The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies follows the same pattern as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it will earn $88 million by Sunday.Forecast: Beginning on Wednesday, fans of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga will have an opportunity to visit the fantasy world "one last time."Playing at 3,875 theaters, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies could earn as much as $100 million over its first five days. »


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Forecast (cont.): 'Night at the Museum,' 'Annie' Open Ahead of Christmas Holiday

17 December 2014 2:14 PM, PST

<< Continued from 'Forecast: Will Moviegoers Show Up One Last Time for 'The Hobbit'?Playing at 3,783 theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is also aiming to be the final chapter in its franchise: the poster's tagline reads "One Final Night To Save the Day."After opening on this same weekend back in 2006, the original Night at the Museum wound up earning a massive $250.9 million. Two-and-a-half years later, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian wasn't quite as impressive, earning $177.2 million (down 29 percent from the first movie).There's been a five-and-a-half year gap between the second and the third installment, which begs the question: does anyone care about this series anymore? Star Ben Stiller has been down this road before with Little Fockers, which opened six years after its predecessor. That didn't work out so well, as Little Fockers wound up earning 47 percent less than Meet the Fockers. »


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