Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is keeping pace with An Unexpected Journey. The second entry in The Hobbit trilogy collected $98.3 million from 15,800 screens in 62 overseas markets this weekend, an 18% drop from the previous weekend. Smaug has now grossed $423.8 million overseas and $614.1 million worldwide.
The Desolation of Smaug earned $12.8 million in Australia after a strong Boxing Day premiere. The film finished the weekend in first place with a 51% marketshare among the top 5 releases in Australia. Smaug jumped 8% in Germany to take $15.8 million from 1,460 screens. The strong showing in Germany boosted the film's market total up to $61.3 million, making it the biggest release of 2013 in Germany. The film is also the top grosser of 2013 in Sweden with $14.3 million.
Other top performers for The Desolation of Smaug include the United Kingdom ($9M Weekend, $48M Cume), France ($8.8M Weekend, $38.4M Cume), and Russia ($6.1M Weekend, $28.9M Cume). The film will be released in China on February 21, 2014 and Japan on Febraury 28, 2014.
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