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Weekend box office: Ron Burgundy can't stop 'The Hobbit' from taking top spot

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Ron Burgundy was not legendary enough to take down “The Hobbit”, which was the number one movie again this weekend. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, the second part of the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, dropped off quite a bit from last weekend, but still grossed $31.4 million.

Meanwhile, another sequel, the highly anticipated “Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, debuted with $26.7 million, right behind “The Hobbit”. Featuring the return of Will Ferrell in the comedy’s titular role, “Anchorman 2” came out in the middle of the week actually had a $40 million opening when you include its profits from Wednesday and Thursday. The weekend’s other new wide release, the animated “Walking with Dinosaurs”, didn’t perform too badly considering the competition, but still only opened in eighth with $7.3 million.

Two other films that have been playing in select theaters expanded to theaters nationwide this weekend, and both are receiving major awards attention and critical acclaim. The first is “American Hustle”, a crime comedy-drama from director David O. Russell. That film grossed $19.1 million this weekend, coming in fourth. The other is “Saving Mr. Banks”, which surprisingly did not perform close to as well, although part of that could be that it was open in more theaters before when it was in limited release. The Disney film about the making of “Mary Poppins” and the story’s author, P.L. Travers, grossed $9.3 million, coming in fifth behind “American Hustle”.

A couple other movies that deserve notice are “Inside Llewyn Davis”, which expanded to more theaters this weekend and just barely squeaked into the top 12 with $1.06 million. That film is also being hailed as one of the best of the year and will likely continue to perform well as it expands to more theaters. The other is the Bollywood film “Dhoom 3”, which only opened in 236 theaters nationwide this weekend but still came in ninth with an impressive $3.3 million. Along with a few other recent movies it proves that there is a significant audience for foreign films in the U.S.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: $31.4 million

2. “Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”: $26.7 million

3. “Frozen”: $19.16 million

4. “American Hustle”: $19.1 million

5. “Saving Mr. Banks”: $9.3 million

6. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: $8.7 million

7. “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Christmas”: $8.5 million

8. “Walking with Dinosaurs”: $7.3 million

9. “Dhoom 3”: $3.3 million

10. “Thor: The Dark World”: $1.3 million

11. “Philomena”: $1.2 million

12. “Inside Llewyn Davis”: $1.06 million

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