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'Hobbit' holds off 'Anchorman 2' debut for box office supremacy

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The latest round of box office figures are in and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug followed up last weekend's successful debut by staying atop the leaderboard.

As of Sunday, The Hobbit made $31.5 million in its first full week of showings for a total gross of $175.5 M. That number beats out the much-anticipated Anchorman 2, which opened on Wednesday and brought in $26.8 M over the weekend. Combined with Wednesday and Thursday, the Will Ferrell flick has collected an even $40 M.

Anchorman 2 fell just short of the original, which premiered way back in 2004 to $28.4 M, but will likely draw in big crowds this upcoming Christmas week. The movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes says that though it "may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor" and was given a Certified Fresh approval rating of 75%.

Disney's Frozen, meanwhile, accrued $19.2 M to stay in the top three.

American Hustle, which opened in some select theaters on Dec. 13 and moved to a wide release on Friday, debuts at #4 on the box office chart with $19.1 M. Hustle already won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Picture (plus a 94% Rotten Tomatoes rating) and is expected to be an Oscar contender, so it wouldn't be surprising to see it undergo a box-office bump come awards season.

Saving Mr. Banks rounds out the top five with a debut figure of $9.3 M.


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