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The Wolf of Wall Street,” director Martin Scorsese’s searing take on the sex-and-drug-fueled excess of the 1980s stock market boom, couldn’t top reigning champ “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in its debut at the Christmas Day box office. The black comedy starring Leonard DiCaprio came close, taking in $9.1 million from 2,537 theaters Wednesday, just behind the $9.3 million of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien tale, which was on a market-high 3,928 screens, most of which were 3D. But Paramount’s R-rated “Wolf’ received just a “C” CinemaScore from first-night audiences, so it could have a tough time making up ground on »

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