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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is box office hit for 2nd week

L-R: James Nesbitt as Bofur, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (front), Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, William Kircher as Bifur and Jed Brophy as Nori in New Line Cinema's and MGM's fantasy adventure 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' a 2012 Warner Bros. Pictures release. It is the first of a three-part prequel to the hit 'Lord of the Rings' franchise. (James Fisher / Warner Bros. Pictures)

December 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins is the big winner at the weekend box office for a second week in a row.

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" took in nearly $37 million in ticket sales, after opening last week with $84.4 million.

"The Hobbit" beat out several holiday newcomers, including Tom Cruise's action thriller "Jack Reacher," which debuted in second place with $15.6 million.

Judd Apatow's comedy "This is 40" came in third with $12 million. "Rise of the Guardians" and "Lincoln" also made it into the top five, with over $5 million each.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $36.7 million ($91 million international).
2. "Jack Reacher," $15.6 million ($2.5 million international).
3. "This Is 40," $12 million.
4. "Rise of the Guardians," $5.9 million ($13.7 million international).
5. "Lincoln," $5.6 million.
6. "The Guilt Trip," $5.4 million.
7. "Monsters, Inc." in 3-D, $5 million.
8. "Skyfall," $4.7 million ($9 million international).
9. "Life of Pi," $3.8 million ($23.2 million international).
10. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," $2.6 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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