30 December 2012 7:08 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Peter Jackson and Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stayed put in the number one spot at the North American box office for the third consecutive weekend. The Middle-earth hit withstood strong openings from Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Company's Django Unchained and Universal's Les Miserables in the final box office weekend of 2012. Overall, the box office enjoyed a strong Christmas week to close out a year full of monstrous hits and improvement over the prior year.

The Hobbit crossed the $200 million mark domestically on Friday during its box office journey 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 »

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