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Weekend Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ Hangs Onto 1st Place For 2nd Weekend

("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.")

(“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”)

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By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The box office leader made it two in a row at multiplexes.

The Hobbit remained a habit for a second straight weekend. Moviegoers continued to flock to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on its second weekend of release, to the tune of $37 million, giving it another easy, first-place finish.

That put it well ahead of the weekend’s debuting attractions, which claimed four of the next six spots.

Jack Reacher, the thriller starring Tom Cruise , was second, with $16 million.

Judd Apatow’s comedy, This Is 40, took third, with $12 million.

The Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip earned $5 million, good for sixth place.

And the 3-D version of the animated Monsters, Inc. was seventh, with just over $5 million.

All in all, it was a relatively quiet December weekend at multiplexes, but look for moviegoing traffic to increase on Christmas Day with the release of Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and Parental Guidance.

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