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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 Movie Trailer
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer

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.

 

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Trailer
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and filmmaker David O. Russell could very well add more Academy Awards to their collections.

Speaking of J-Law, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire just passed Despicable Me 2 to become the year’s second biggest movie behind Iron Man 3.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Frozen has now beaten last year’s Wreck-It Ralph and will soon surpass Tangled thanks to its continued box-office might.

The animated hit earned itself another $19.5 million during its fourth weekend in theaters, raising its total to $191.6 million as Christmas approaches.