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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' stays atop box office for 3rd 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 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" continued its journey atop the box office charts.

The Warner Bros. fantasy epic from director Peter Jackson, based on the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien novel, has been No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada for three straight weeks.

It earned an estimated $32.9 million this weekend, which is not huge by holiday weekend traditions, but this brings the film's domestic total to $222.7 million.

"Django Unchained" debuted at No. 2 with $30.7 million. The critically acclaimed "Les Miserables" debuted third with $28 million. "Parental Guidance" and "Jack Reacher" rounded out the top five.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $32.9 million ($106.5 million international).
2."Django Unchained," $30.7 million.
3."Les Miserables," $28 million ($38.3 million international).
4."Parental Guidance," $14.8 million ($7 million international).
5."Jack Reacher," $14 million ($18.1 million).
6."This Is 40," $13.2 million.
7."Lincoln," $7.5 million.
8."The Guilt Trip," $6.7 million.
9."Monsters, Inc. 3-D," $6.4 million.
10."Rise of the Guardians," $4.9 million ($11.6 million).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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