the hobbit

The Hobbit holds on to first place with $32M

A tiny hobbit has a mighty hold on the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week and wrapping up a year that saw a record-breaking $10.8 billion in total annual grosses.

The Warner Bros. fantasy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey remained at number one with $32 million for a total of $221.7 million, according to final studio figures Monday. That's slightly down from the Sunday estimate of just under $33 million but enough to retain first place in a holiday weekend that featured the much-anticipated debuts of awards contenders Django Unchained, the latest from Quentin Tarantino starring Jamie Foxx in the title role and the star-studded musical Les Miserables, featuring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

North American Top 10

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros., $31,960,000
2. Django Unchained, Weinstein Co., $30,122,888
3. Les Miserables, Universal, $27,281,735
4. Parental Guidance, Fox, $14,554,053
5. Jack Reacher, Paramount, $14,010,000
6. This Is 40, Universal, $12,501,060
7. Lincoln, Disney, $7,337,362
8. The Guilt Trip, Paramount, $6,700,000
9. Monsters, Inc. 3-D, Disney, $6,447,437
10. Rise of the Guardians, Paramount, $4,900,000

-The Associated Press

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