“The Hobbit” Tops the Box Office for Third Straight Weekend


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New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey triumphed at the box office for the third consecutive weekend, earning an estimated $32.9 million.

The Lord of the Rings prequel finished ahead of all three Christmas Day releases, including Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which landed in the runner-up spot with $30.7 million.  Django Unchained has made $64 million since its debut.

Les Miserables rounded out the top three, collecting $28 million over the weekend.  It has earned $67.5 million since Christmas Day.

The Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance finished in fourth place, raising $14.8 million over the weekend.  It has made $29.6 million in its first five days of release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $32.9 million
2. Django Unchained, $30.7 million
3.Les Miserables, $28 million
4. Parental Guidance, $14.8 million
5. Jack Reacher, $14 million
6. This Is 40, $13.2 million
7. Lincoln, $7.5 million
8. The Guilt Trip, $6.7 million
9. Monsters, Inc. 3D, $6.4 million
10. Rise of the Guardians, $4.9 million

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