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‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Opens With Huge $32 Million in China

It’s the biggest debut ever in the territory for a Warner Bros. movie and an Imax record, too

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” rolled out with a smashing $32.7 million No. 1 opening in China this weekend, distributor Warner Bros. reported Sunday.

It’s the biggest three-day opening for a Warner Bros. film ever in China, topping the first ‘Hobbit” by 74 percent, the studio said.

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The opening by “Smaug” is also the biggest three-day opening for a Hollywood title for Imax. The $4.4 million it took in is double the take of the first film, and surpasses the previous record holder “Gravity” with $4.3 million.

The international total for Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth saga is up to $637.1 million, with Japan still to come next weekend. It’s at $893 million worldwide, with $256.6 million coming from North America.