Dec 30 The dwarfs and elves of "The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey" prevailed at the North American box office
again over the weekend, as its $32.9 million in ticket sales
topped both the star-packed musical "Les Miserables" and the
western "Django Unchained."
Despite surging past "The Hobbit" on Christmas day with an
$18.1 million opening, "Les Miz" managed only third place in
U.S. and Canadian sales with $28 million as Christmas shoppers
returned from the malls to boost Hollywood's box office,
according to studio estimates.
"The Hobbit," in its third week of release, has now grossed
$222.7 million domestically, Warner Bros said.
Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a western starring
Jamie Fox as a slave turned bounty hunter, took second with an
impressive $30.7 million.
Tom Cruise's crime drama "Jack Reacher," a film that
features author Lee Child's former military investigator solving
a fatal sniper attack, landed in fifth with $14 million,
outpaced by "Parental Guidance," the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler
as grandparents comedy, which took in $14.8 million to nab the