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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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