For the third straight weekend, Peter Jackson and Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stayed put in the number one spot at the North American box office. The fantasy hit withstood the strong openings for the Weinstein Company's Django Unchained and Universal's Les Miserables. Overall, the box office enjoyed a strong Christmas week to close out a big 2012.
The Hobbit crossed the $200 million mark domestically on Friday following a week that saw the movie trade places with Les Miserables for the number one spot on both Christmas Day and Wednesday. For the weekend, the movie earned an estimated $32.9 million on 4,100 screens to bring its total to a big $223 million. Overseas, Gandalf and his gang saw their journey cross the $400 million mark. Depending on how well it holds over the next few weeks, An Unexpected Journey should wrap up with approximately $280 million.
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