'Hobbit' blasts past newcomers to claim third box office crown

LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:58am EST

LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK Dec 29 (Reuters) - "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the special-effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office win, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Walt Disney's animated film "Frozen" was second with ticket sales of $28.8 million in its third week, ahead of Will Ferrell's quirky comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which collected $20.2 million.

A couple walks along the rough surf during sunset at Oahu's North Shore, December 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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