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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has easily topped the Us box office chart, grossing over $$84 million in its first weekend on release. The Peter Jackson-directed Lord of the Rings prequel set a new December box office record in the process, beating the three-day earnings of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which scooped $$73.3 million in 2003. Disney animation Rise of the Guardians remained runner-up for a second week, with Lincoln climbing one place to three after receiving several nominations at both the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards this week. Last week's chart-topper Skyfall dropped to four, earning $$7 million in its sixth week on release, while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 also crashed three places to six with $$5.175 million. Life of Pi stayed steady at five, with Wreck-It (more) »

- By Amy Bell

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