It’s Three In A Row For “The Hobbit”

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Martin Freeman in New Line Cinema's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". (Source: New Line Cinema)

Martin Freeman in New Line Cinema’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. (Source: New Line Cinema)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — South Florida movie goers help keep “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” number one at the box office this weekend.

It was the third straight weekend in the number one spot taking in nearly $33 million.

The Warner Bros. fantasy epic from director Peter Jackson, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, has made $222.7 million domestically alone.

Two big holiday movies — and potential awards contenders — also had strong openings. Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti Western-blaxploitation mash-up “Django Unchained” came in second place for the weekend with $30.7 million. The Weinstein Co. revenge epic, starring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, has earned $64 million since its Christmas Day opening.

And in third place with $28 million was the sweeping, all-singing “Les Miserables.” The Universal Pictures musical starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway has made $67.5 million since debuting on Christmas.

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