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It’s going to take a lot to knock off “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” even if studios tried their best this weekend, firing off both barrels against a global blockbuster. Families and teens supported 'An Unexpected Journey' over the holiday period, defeating two high profile newcomers to be the top attraction for the third straight week. 'The Hobbit' is now eyeballing $300 million domestic, but as always international dollars are a big factor, and by time January 1st rings in the New Year, it will cross $700 million worldwide. While “Django Unchained” carried considerable star power, there’s no doubt that the main name on the marquee was Quentin Tarantino. And that name is bigger than ever. "Django Unchained" not only nearly toppled 'The Hobbit' even though it's on less than 1000 screens, with $64 million in six days, it's the best first week opening ever for Tarantino. It’s also the »


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