The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug hits $8.8 million at midnight

Lionsgate new film ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ is bringing ‘The Hobbit’ series back on track, and fans seem to be pretty excited to finally meet the fearsome dragon Smaug on the big screen. Bringing in just about $8.8 million for the film’s first showing at midnight (Thursday), the film almost reached the highest-earning midnight release for December. It will have to settle for the second best showing ever, a remarkable achievement to say the least.
Of that $8.8 million, Lionsgate is estimating that the IMAX version of the show brought in $1.25 million, and this is just day-one. The film marks the second installment of the prequel-series to the world-conquering franchise ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Studio estimates puts the sequel at $84 million this weekend, which is just about the same as the original opening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” This isn’t even the studios’ only high-grossing film this weekend, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” is estimated to pull in another $20 million at the box-office this weekend as well.

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