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Gollum appears in New Line Cinemas and MGMs fantasy adventure the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a 2012 Warner Bros. Pictures release. It is the first of a three-part prequel to the hit Lord of the Rings franchise. - Provided courtesy of James Fisher / Warner Bros. Pictures

'The Hobbit' conquers weekend box office, 'Django' stays strong at No. 2

12/30/2012 by Nichole Hamilton

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" held the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, despite the release of cinema heavyweights "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables."

"The Hobbit" held strong at the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row, according to Entertainment Weekly, and earned an estimated $32.9 million.

The outlet reports that the film's domestic total is over $222.7 million, making the new film's performance better than the 2001 film "The Fellowship of The Ring," which earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run, according to the magazine.

"The Hobbit" features Martin Freeman the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the uncle of Frodo Baggins from "Lord of the Rings." The first installment in the trilogy, "The Unexpected Journey," sees Bilbo embark on a dangerous journey across Middle Earth with the help of Gandalf and a large group of dwarves to find treasure guarded by a dragon, Smaug.

In second place is the Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained." The movie earned an estimated $30.7 million from Friday to Sunday during the holiday week, bringing its domestic total to $64 million since its opening on Christmas day, according to EW.

The R-rated western-inspired film stars Jamie Foxx as an African American slave-turned-bounty hunter. Foxx's character, Django, aims to rescue his wife, played by Kerry Washington. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, who appeared in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."

Although "Les Miserables" beat out "Django Unchained" at the box office on Christmas Day, the movie lost a little steam and placed third for the holiday weekend box office. The musical broke two box office records on its release date - December 25 marked the highest opening day for a musical and the top weekday Christmas opening of all time.

The film easily nabbed the No. 3 spot, earning $28 million over the holiday weekend domestically. In total, the musical film, which has already out-performed previous Christmas day musicals "Nine" and "Dreamgirls," has earned $67.4 million in its first six days.

The film stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, is an impoverished French man who is released from prison on parole after serving time for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister and her child and for failed attempts at escaping jail. (Check out 9 facts about Hugh Jackman and his "Les Miserables" experience) A police inspector named Javert, played by Russell Crowe, is obsessed with putting him back behind bars.

The movie also stars Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

Landing in fourth place at the Friday box office is the family comedy "Parental Guidance" with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei. The film grossed an estimated $14.8 million over the weekend and it's six-day domestic haul now sits around $29.6 million.

Rounding out the top five for Friday is the Tom Cruise action film "Jack Reacher," which earned $14 million. The film, which has been out for two weeks, has earned $44.7 million domestically.

Watch the trailer for "The Hobit," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Parental Guidance" and "Jack Reacher" below.

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