The Hobbit tops foreign charts

The final instalment in Peter Jackson’s six-film Middle Earth series debuted in 38 foreign territories, including major markets like Japan, Russia and Mexico. It opens in the US Wednesday, reports

Imax screenings accounted for $6.4 million of the film’s opening. Among the notable territories, Germany accounted for $19.5 million, Britain contributed $15.2 million, France added $14.5 million, and Russia amassed $13.4 million, making it to be the biggest Warner Bros opening ever.

Sliding in at number two on the foreign charts, Exodus: Gods and Kings earned $18.8 million from 6,096 screens in 27 markets. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Penguins of Madagascar were the third and fourth highest-grossing films overseas, picking up $16 million and $14.7 million, respectively. The Hunger Games sequel has earned $611.4 million worldwide, while the Madagascar spin-off has picked up $175.5 million.
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