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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is No. 1 in U.S.; 'Anchorman 2' is No. 2

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For the second weekend in a row, New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (the second "Hobbit" movie in the series) was at No. 1 at the U.S. and Canadian box office for the weekend ending Dec. 22, 2013. According to a Box Office Mojo report published on Dec. 22, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (which was released in IMAX and 3-D) had $31.5 million in ticket sales in the movie's second weekend. The movie has been getting mixed-to-positive reviews from critics.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures' "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" debuted in second place, with $26.8 million in ticket sales. The movie had originally been scheduled for release on Dec. 20, 2013, but the release date was moved up to Dec. 18, 2013. Most of the cast from the first "Anchorman" movie (which was released in 2004) are back for "Anchorman 2," including Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Keochner, Christina Applegate. The movie also features several "surprise" cameos from celebrities such as Will Smith, Tina Fey and Kanye West.

Columbia Pictures' "American Hustle" and Walt Disney Pictures' "Saving Mr. Banks" — two movies getting Oscar buzz — opened in limited release on Dec. 13, 2013, and expanded to wide release on Dec. 20, 2013. "American Hustle" came in fourth place, with $19.1 million in ticket sales, while "Saving Mr. Banks" bombed in fifth place, with $9.3 million.

20th Century Fox's "Walking with Dinosaurs" was an even bigger flop in wide release: The movie made only $7.3 million in its opening week and came in seventh place.

The Bollywood film "Dhoom 3" did extremely well in limited release: $3.3 million from 236 theaters.

According to Box Office Mojo, here are the Top 5 movies in the U.S. and Canada for the weekend ending Dec. 22, 2013:

1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" — $31.5 million

2. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" — $26.8 million

3. "Frozen" — $19.2 million

4. "American Hustle" — $19.1 million

5. "Saving Mr. Banks" — $9.3 million

And here are the opening-weekend box-office numbers for the movies that opened in limited release on Dec. 20, 2013:

  • "Dhoom 3" — $3.3 million from 236 theaters
  • "Her" — $258,000 from six theaters (expanding to more theaters on Jan. 10, 2014)
  • "Personal Tailor" — $104,000 from nine theaters
  • "The Past" — $30,900 from three theaters
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