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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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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug comes out this weekend, but is it worth rushing to see it in theaters? The critics seem to be unsure about that.

The reviews, however, seem to universally believe that Smaug is much better than the first movie, last year's An Unexpected Journey, so there's that.

Also the titular character, a fire-breathing dragon voiced by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, could be worth the price of admission alone.

You can make up your own mind, but here are two of the film's trailers as well as excerpts from critics to give you an idea of what you can expect ...

"Now we have the sequel. And you know? It's livelier and better than its predecessor. The first movie's harrumphing throat-clearing has given way to a swift, imposing adventure boasting several wing-ding action sequences." - Chicago Tribune

"A year ago, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey got the job done, but it was too bright and busy and noisy, with creatures that kept popping up as if out of a jack-in-the-box. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a more grandly somber movie, and also a much better one, with forces of boldly intense and unified malevolence." - Entertainment Weekly

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The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here!

And boy is Smaug Desolated (I'm not really sure what that means)!

Take a look:

The film marks the second in the trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, with Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Gray, as they travel with the Dwarves through the Mirkwood, the dark forest.

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Hey, remember The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?

You know, that movie that earned over a million dollars last year?

Well, there are still two more of those yet to come out!

The first poster for the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has dropped. Take a look:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Poster

The poster previews the dark forest -- Mirkwood -- that Bilbo and the Dwarves must traverse as they continue their journey.

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Previously, if someone in The Hobbit universe had yelled, "Where my ladies at?" they would have gotten a rather dismal response.

But now, Tauriel will go, "I'm right here!"

Tauriel is a new female elf created for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to introduce some femininity into the overwhelmingly male world J.R.R. Tolkien created.

The character is portrayed by Evangeline Lilly. Check out the first image of Tauriel from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Tauriel

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From Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit, the precursor to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the famous books by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Hobbit follows title character Bilbo Baggins in his epic journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo, with familiar faces such as Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Gollum (Andy Serkis) making appearances along the way.

Can it possibly live up to the incredible LOTR films? Based on this first glimpse, it looks like it just might. Watch The Hobbit trailer below and see what you think:

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THG at CCTHG is at Comic-Con. Unfortunately, Peter Jackson won't be joining us.

The director made it official today: neither he nor either of his upcoming Hobbit films will appear at the annual event in San Diego. It's a bummer.

"Bad news is that we won't be doing any Hobbit presentation at Comic Con in San Diego this year," Jackson wrote on Facebook. "New Line and Warner Bros. were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There's so much more of the films still to shoot..."

And with that, he did at least offer the following behind-the-scenes production video from the shoot. Enjoy it now:

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Barry Humphries is the latest star to sign on for The Hobbit.

The veteran Australian actor, actually best known for his alter-ego of Dame Edna, will portray the Goblin King in this wildly-anticipated movie. What will this entail, exactly?

Humphries “will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum,” director Peter Jackson wrote on Facebook. “We’re looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.”

Barry Humphries Picture

Evangeline Lilly was also added to the movie's cast this week.

She and Humphries join returning stars such as Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen in the December 14, 2012 release.


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Evangeline Lilly has hopped on board The Hobbit.

The actress, best known for portraying Kate on Lost, will portray a woodland elf named Tauriel. She's a new character to the series, as teased by Peter Jackson on his Facebook page:

"Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing!" the director wrote. “What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

Evangeline Lilly Photograph

Lily co-starred on Lost with Dominic Monaghan, who played a major role in The Lord of the Rings. The actress and actor dated for awhile, too.

The first installment in this franchise, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters on 12/14/12.

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