‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Midnight Opening A Big Hit
(Reuters) The second installment of “The Hobbit” franchise fired up the box office during midnight showings on Thursday with U.S. ticket sales of $8.8 million, movie studio Warner Bros. said on Friday. Industry experts expect “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” opening widely at U.S. theaters on Friday, to ring up $80 million in its first weekend at the North American box office. Out of the $8.8 million made from midnight showings, $1.25 million came from IMAX screenings of the film in 3D. Made for a $250 million budget, the film is likely to be one of the year’s highest-grossing films, with $1 billion expected in worldwide ticket sales.
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