Originally posted on Variety:
Bilbo Baggins is playing powerfully outside the United States in the early opening stages of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
The second Hobbit film has hit $53.4 million internationally, including $29.3 million on Friday from 15,950 screens in 49 markets. The Friday number was 5% ahead of the first Friday for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and its Wednesday-Thursday grosses were up by 11% over “Journey.”
Worldwide, “Smaug” has totaled $84.5 million through Friday.