The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Rules Box Office For Third Straight Weekend

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continued to lead the movie box office over this holiday weekend, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third week in a row.

The Warner Bros. prequel to The Lord of the Rings raked in $30 million, bringing its domestic earnings to $190.3 million, according to studio estimates.

Disney's animated adventure, Frozen, took the No. 2 position, earning $28.9 million last weekend and $248.4 million U.S. after six weeks of release.

With that gross, Frozen probably had the best release date of the year, analysts believe, as it has dominate the family marketplace over the holidays.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues came in at No. 3 with $20.2 million. At No. 4, the corruption saga, American Hustle, brought in $19.6 million.

Martin Scorsese's dark comedy, The Wolf of Wall Street, rounded out the list at No. 5 earning $19 million after opening at No. 2 on Christmas day.

2013 is poised to be a banner year at the box office, projected to surpass 2012's $10.8 billion by 1 percent, making this the highest annual take ever.

Check out the weekend's top 10 grossing films after the jump:

  1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," $30 million
  2. "Frozen," $29 million
  3. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," $20.2 million
  4. "American Hustle," $20 million
  5. "The Wolf of Wall Street," $19 million
  6. "Saving Mr. Banks," $14.3 million
  7. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," $13 million
  8. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $10.2 million
  9. "47 Ronin," $10 million
  10. "Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas," $7.4 million
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