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'Anchorman 2,' 'Hobbit' & 'American Hustle' top box office results this weekend

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The new movies "Anchorman 2," "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" and "American Hustle" are set to top the box office results this weekend, as movie goers look to entertain themselves this holiday season. The films will be first, second and third, respectively, with Will Ferrell's new comedy sequel set to edge out the J.R.R. Tolkien novel-based "Hobbit" sequel.

According to EW.com on Dec. 21, the Friday box office results saw Ron Burgundy and crew edge out "The Hobbit" by the slightest of margins. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" reportedly brought in $8.7 million while "Desolation of Smaug" brought in $8.6 million. With that in mind, both films will be battling it out to top the box office results this weekend, with estimates that the new "Anchorman," which had a budget of $50 million would gross $40 million or less.

Coming in at third place for Friday was "American Hustle." The new 70's drama/comedy directed by David O. Russell stars Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper. The film has the highest rating of the three mentioned over at Rotten Tomatoes with a 94% overall rating on the "Tomatometer" as critics continue to buzz about the Oscar-worthy film. The movie was among recent nominees for the Golden Globes as a comedy, although some have debated its merits in that category. "Hustle," rated R, brought in $6.3 million for the Friday box office.

Rounding out the top five at the movies on Friday was "Frozen" with $5.1 million and "Saving Mr. Banks" with $2.96 million. Both films are from Disney and may very well be among award nominees at the Oscars in the future. It's expected that "Banks," starring actor Tom Hanks, will bring in about $9 million for the weekend, after opening in just over 2,000 theaters. Of note, "The Hobbit" film opened on the most screens and in the most theaters, due to the fact it was released in

Full box office results are expected out later on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2013. Which of the new movies are you planning to see, if any?

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