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‘The Hobbit’ Sequel Tops $500M Overseas, $767M Globally

6 Jan, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'

Warner’s ‘Desolation of Smaug’ sequel portends strong home entertainment release following original ‘An Unexpected Journey,’ which finished No. 2 in 2013 with more than 4.6 million discs sold

Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug through Jan. 5 topped $500 million in international ticket sales, and about $767 million globally for the sequel to last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

While Desolation of Smaug trails the original through the first 24 days of domestic release by $34.2 million, the sequel remains on track to be one of Warner Home Video’s top-selling home entertainment discs in 2014.

That’s because An Unexpected Journey, which topped $1 billion during its global theatrical run, sold more than 4.6 million discs in the U.S. in 2013 — No. 2 behind Liongate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, which sold more than 5.9 million discs, according to The-Numbers.com. The tallies don’t include electronic sellthrough.

Top-grossing disc release in 2013 was Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Wreck-It Ralph with more than $106 million in retail revenue.

Meanwhile, Disney’s animated theatrical release, Frozen, is approaching $300 million at the domestic box office; $640 million globally.

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