Box Office: 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' storms to $24.5 million first day

December 19, 2014 1:43 AM

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Moviegoers won't be able to see "The Interview" this holiday season, but they will have lots of Middle Earth on their hands. Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" opened on Wednesday and is expected to dominate the box office for the rest of the year.

The last installment of the "Hobbit" trilogy brought in $24.5 million on over 3,800 screens on its first day. That's down from the $31.1 million the previous chapter, "The Desolation of Smaug," earned last year and the $37.1 million "An Unexpected Journey" found in 2012. That being said, both those ...

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