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‘Hobbit’ keeps ‘Anchorman’ from top of N. America box office

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." AP

The latest Tolkien blockbuster, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” held on atop North America’s weekend box office, keeping TV “Anchorman” Ron Burgundy from making number one news, figures showed Monday.

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‘Hobbit’ stays on top at N. America box office

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” held off “Anchorman 2” on a busy weekend at the box office. AP

The latest installment of the Tolkien series, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” retained the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, according to industry estimates Sunday.

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‘Hobbit’ box office leader with $73.6M

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows director Peter Jackson, left, during the filming of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, James Fisher)

The Warner Bros. fantasy “Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” debuted at No. 1 at the weekend box office both domestically and internationally.

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‘Hobbit’ fights off rivals atop New Year US box office

This film image released by Warner Bros., shows Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a scene from the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to shoot his epic three-part J.R.R. Tolkien prequel in the super-clear format that boosts the number of frames per second to 48 from the current standard, 24, has some unintended consequences. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., James Fisher, File)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” fought off all comers at the North American box office over the New Year holidays, beating two Oscar-tipped movies to the top spot, figures showed Wednesday.

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‘Hobbit’ slays competition for second weekend in a row

Shown is an exterior view of the “Hobbit House” Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Chester County, near Philadelphia. Architect Peter Archer has designed a “Hobbit House” containing a world-class collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and memorabilia. AP /Matt Rourke

Hordes of North American moviegoers flocked to theaters to watch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” launching the “Lord of the Rings” prequel to box office gold for the second weekend in a row.

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‘Hobbit’ hobbles competition with massive $84 million take

Shown is an exterior view of the “Hobbit House” Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Chester County, near Philadelphia. Architect Peter Archer has designed a “Hobbit House” containing a world-class collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and memorabilia. AP /Matt Rourke

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a prequel to the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” series, earned a massive $84.8 million – one of the biggest debuts of the year, industry trackers said Sunday.

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In elf ears and wizard hats, ‘Hobbit’ fans rejoice

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An undated handout photo obtained from Warner Bros on November 23, 2012 shows a scene from Peter Jackson's new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which has its world premiere in Wellington on November 28, 2012.  AFP  / WARNER BROS

Wearing elf ears and wizard hats, sitting atop their dad’s shoulders or peering from balconies, tens of thousands of New Zealanders watched their favorite “Hobbit” actors walk the red carpet at the film trilogy’s hometown premiere.

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Middle Earth mania for Hobbit debut

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his picture taken on November 24th, 2012 shows flags advertising "The Hobbit" movie fluttering at Wellington airport in Wellington. AFP / MARTY MELVILLE

Huge crowds swarmed into central Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”, an event that has sparked Middle Earth mania in New Zealand.

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Hobbit was almost filmed in Britain, director reveals

An undated handout photo obtained from Warner Bros on November 23, 2012 shows actor Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which has its world premiere in Wellington on November 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / WARNER BROS

“The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson on Tuesday said the low point making his Tolkien epic was when the production almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute.

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