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The Hobbit' Steamrolls the Christmas Competition

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LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) — A week after opening with figures that were impressive by most movie standards — but not as impressive when it comes to Middle-earth — "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" continued to rule the box office.

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Christmas saw the arrival of a host of fresh fare for moviegoers, but "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" failed to topple the fantasy finale.

The final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy marched to the number top spot for the second weekend with an estimated $54.5 million take across the four-day holiday, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Universal's "Unbroken" and Disney's musical "Into the Woods" took second and third place, with $47.3 million and $46.1 million, respectively, following their Christmas openings.

The Weinstein Company's "Big Eyes," meanwhile, flopped with only $4.4 million in its first four days in theaters, while Sony's "The Interview" took in an estimated $2.8 million from 331 theaters, in addition to earnings from on demand rentals, which were not immediately available.

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