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‘Hobbit’ conquers box office to remain No. 1

By The Associated Press
Published: December 29, 2013 Updated: December 29, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen are seen in a a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." WARNER BROTHERS

LOS ANGELES — “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continued to top the box office, landing at No. 1 over the Christmas holiday for the third weekend in a row.

The Warner Bros. prequel earned $30 million, bringing its domestic gross to $190.3 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

“Frozen,” Disney’s animated adventure, took the No. 2 position, bringing in $28.9 million over the weekend and $248.4 million since opening in late November.

Paramount comedies managed to hold two slots in the top five. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” came in at No. 3 with $20.2 million, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” snagged the No. 5 spot, earning $19 million after opening at No. 2 on Christmas Day.

At No. 4, Sony’s “American Hustle” earned $19.6 million.