'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' stays atop box office for 3rd week


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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