Box Office: 'Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' Earns $11.2 Million Tuesday Night

December 17, 2014 3:42 PM

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Middle-earth landed back in the U.S. in a big way Tuesday night as the final Hobbit film, The Battle of the Five Armies, began hitting theaters starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The film, directed by Peter Jackson, earned a very strong $11.2 million Tuesday in late night shows. It's expected to gross between $70 million and $75 million, although some box office insiders say it could go as high as $80 million.

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