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'Hobbit' sequel tops second weekend in a row

Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, took in $31.455 million to lead the box office for the second weekend.

The sequel raked in $73.675 million last weekend.

The Tolkien epic edged out "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, which took in $26.776 million for the weekend.

All studio estimates of gross North American receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"Frozen (2013)" was third with $19.163 million; "American Hustle" fourth with $19.1 million; "Saving Mr. Banks" fifth with $9.321 million; "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" sixth with $8.75 million; "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" seventh with $8.5 million; "Walking with Dinosaurs" eighth with $7.3 million; "Dhoom 3" ninth with $3.305 million.

"Thor: The Dark World" rounded out the top 10 with $1.328 million.

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