December 23, 2012


Skyfall is finally starting to slow down — “only” $16 million overseas since last week.  Although still a decent haul, the weekly pace is down substantially from recent weeks.  The latest Bond film looks tantilizingly close to $1 billion worldwide, but it will have to stretch to make it.

The Hobbit is really rolling overseas, with $146 million since last week outside of North America.  The film will most likely stop at about $525 million overseas, toward the low end of the international grosses for the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which ranged between $556 and $742 million each overseas).   That would put The Hobbit on a course for $800 million worldwide (just below the low-end of the trilogy, $871 million for 2001’s Fellowship of the Ring, and well below the $1.12 billion for 2003’s Return of the King).

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.