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We officially have the first surprise hit of the year on our hands.

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube teamed up this weekend for Ride Along, a comedic spin buddy cop film that soared to an easy first place finish with $41.2 million, setting a January box office record in the process.

The movie only cost $25 million to make and we can already hear rumored of a sequel percolating.

Lone Survivor, another Universal project, dropped 38 percent from its previous weekend haul, finishing in second place, while a few squirrels had themselves some fun in The Nut Job (number-three).

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The Midwest and East Coast weren't the only things that froze this weekend.

Disney's animated smash Frozen continued to burn all competition at the box office, racking up $20.7 million more and once again finishing with the most money made at the movies.

It has now earned $297.8 million domestically and an astounding $639.9 million worldwide.

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Frozen easily dispatched of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the fifth film in a horror franchise that may finally be losing steam. It took in $18.2 million during its opening 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:

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Even Ron Burgundy is no match for Smaug ... but then again he is a formidable force as a mythical dragon portrayed by master thespian Benedict Cumberbatch.

The long-awaited Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was unable to steal the box-office crown from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this weekend.

Anchorman 2 has made $61.3 million in the first five days of its release, but earned a modest $26.8 million over the weekend, less than the 2004 original.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, meanwhile, made $31.5 million over the weekend, raising its overall total to $127.5 million through two weeks.

Thanks to overseas business, the second installment in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy is likely to match its predecessor's $1 billion finish.

Oscar hopeful American Hustle got off to a great start with $19.1 million as it opened nationwide after a very limited run in New York and Los Angeles.

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Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug absolutely raked it in over the weekend, claiming the box office top spot in convincing fashion.

With $73.7 million, the fantasy sequel becomes the fourth biggest December debut behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Legend and Avatar.

Frozen fell to second, pulling in an impressive $22.2 million in its fourth week of release. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas debuted third with $16 million.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World remained in the top five in their fourth and sixth weeks, respectively, with $13.1 and $2.7 million.

American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks both had strong openings in limited release. Hustle took in $690,000, the biggest debut for a limited release film this year.

Tom Hanks' story of Walt Disney and Mary Poppins finished with $421,000 in its first weekend. The list of the top movie box office results is as follows ...

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Disney's animated hit Frozen has toppled Hunger Games: Catching Fire and claimed the top spot of the U.S. box office in its second week of release.

According to early estimates, Frozen took $31.6 million over the weekend, with the Hunger Games sequel slipping to second place with $27 million.

Catching Fire has still made over $300 million in three weeks of release. Frozen is closing in on the $100 million mark through two weeks in theaters.

The only new wide release was Out of the Furnace, which took $5.3 million. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and Delivery Man rounded out the top five.

Despite opening in just four cinemas, the Coen brothers' latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, scored one of the year's highest per-cinema averages of $100,500.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom continued to play in four cinemas in its second week of limited release, averaging around $19,400 per cinema.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continued to burn up the box office, while Disney's Frozen also made a major splash in its debut over the weekend.

Catching Fire grossed $110.2 million in sales over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, while Frozen brought in $93 million in over the same period.

From Friday to Sunday, your normal three-day weekend, Fire made $74.5 million, while the animated Frozen raked in $66.7 million in that stretch.

Thor: The Dark World and Best Man Holiday finished a distant third and fourth, while Homefront debuted with $6.97 million in three days, placing fifth.

Across the board, weekend revenue for the top 10 films rose a staggering 89 percent to $190 million from the year-earlier period, according to reports.

By contrast, year-to-date revenue is up less than 1 percent to $9.85 billion. Here's a look at the weekend top 10, with total gross and weeks in release:

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The odds were very much in the favor of Catching Fire this weekend, as the well-reviewed Hunger Games sequel earned $161.1 million over the pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

That's a November box office record.

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The Jennifer Lawrence-anchored blockbuster beat the $152.5 million opening of its predecessor and out-earned the previous November champion, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, by about $20 million.

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Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, while The Best Man Holiday opened with $30.6 million.

Drawing an overwhelmingly female and African-American audience, the latter debuted with more than three times the box office of 1999's The Best Man.

A third Best Man film now seems like a given, while Thor made $52.5 million internationally over the weekend to up its global total to $479.8 million.

With Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Tom Hiddleston as the popular villain Loki, the franchise has proven to be one of Marvel's most successful.

The Best Man Holiday was the only new wide-release over the weekend, as the market clears out for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Despite less than stellar Thor: The Dark World reviews, the latest blockbuster from Marvel lived up to the hype and expectations this weekend, taking a hammer to all box office competition.

The Chris Hemsworth film pulled in $86.1 million on Friday and Saturday.

This figure is over $20 million above what the original earned in May of 2011 and placed it well (well, well, well) ahead of number-two finishes Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.

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