The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Decimates Competition: Weekend Box Office Report

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may have torched the box office competition this past weekend, but it didn’t quite start the fire that studio honchos had hoped. The first film in the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, debuted on the same weekend a year ago and set a December record in the process, earning $84.6 million in its opening weekend. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug banked $73.7 million in its debut weekend.

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