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'The Hobbit' stays atop box office for third week

3:26 PM, Dec 30, 2012   |    comments
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A still from New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by James Fisher.

LOS ANGELES -- "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" continues to rule them all at the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week with nearly $33 million.

The Warner Bros. fantasy epic from director Peter Jackson, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, has made $222.7 million domestically alone. Two big holiday movies - and potential awards contenders - also had strong openings.

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western-blaxploitation mash-up "Django Unchained" came in second place for the weekend with $30.7 million. The Weinstein Co. revenge epic, starring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, has earned $64 million since its Christmas Day opening.

And in third place with $28 million was the sweeping, all-singing "Les Miserables." The Universal Pictures musical starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway has made $67.5 million since debuting on Christmas.

The Associated Press

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