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Traffic was sluggish at the multiplex on Friday as a crush of new movies -- including Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher and Judd Apatow's This Is 40 -- competed with one another for the attention of moviegoers already distracted by holiday preparations. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey beat both new films to stay at No. 1, grossing $10.2 million for an eight-day domestic cume of $123.3 million. Jack Reacher, based on Lee Child's popular book series, earned $5.1 million to come in second and is anticipating a $15.4 million weekend. Paramount and David Ellison's Skydance Productions

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