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Staten Island film-goers, no keeping Peter Jackson down. The genius behind “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy has kept his follow-up to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” at the top of the pack during the all-important holiday week. “ ‘The Hobbit ‘ beat out "Frozen" in a battle as tight as the last lap of a NASCAR race to win its third straight weekend and cap a record year at the 2013 box office,” added Todd Cunningham in The Wrap in a MSN news story. For more visit http://www.msn.com.

“Peter Jackson's second movie in his "Hobbit" trilogy, a prequel to the "Lord of the Rings," will take in $29.8 million over the three days, and has rung up nearly $50 million since Christmas Day.,” added Cunningham in The Wrap. “It's rolled up $190 million domestically and more than $500 million worldwide since opening on Dec. 13 for Warner Bros., New Line and MGM,” added the report on MSN.

“Disney Animation's 3D "Frozen" was just behind it with $28.8 million for the three days -- an eye-popping 47 percent increase from last weekend -- and $44.2 million over the five days,” added The Wrap. “After six weeks, "Frozen" is about to pass $250 million in the U.S. and is bearing down on $500 million worldwide.”

“ ‘The Hobbit’ is on course to match the $1 billion global haul of 2012's first film, "An Unexpected Journey," and Warner Bros. has succeeded in making it a holiday habit,” added The Wrap. “Like the first two films, next year's "There and Back" will open in mid-December,” added the report.

Added The Wrap on http://www.msn.com the top ten films this holiday week are:
1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," $29.8M;
2. "Frozen," $28.8M;
3. "Anchorman 2," $20.1M;
4. "American Hustle," $19.5M;
5. "The Wolf of Wall Street," $18.5M;
6. "Saving Mr. Banks," $14M;
7. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," $13M;
8. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $10.2M;
9. "47 Ronin," $9.8M;
10. "Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas," $7.4M

For showtimes and information about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on Staten Island visit http://www.silive.com.

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