'Hobbit' cools 'Frozen,' takes top box office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tolkien tops princess power at the multiplex.

Per studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros. "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was No. 1 at the weekend box office with $73.7 million.

Melting down to the No. 2 position, Disney's animated tale "Frozen" earned $22.2 in its third weekend, bringing its overall domestic ticket total to $164.4 million.

Lionsgate's holiday-themed "Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas" came in third place with $16.2 million, while "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned $13.2 million for the fourth place slot. To date "Catching Fire" has grossed $739.9 million, surpassing the worldwide box office total for "The Hunger Games," which gained $691 million.

Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" continues to thrive, as it took fifth place with $2.7 million, bringing its domestic total to $198.1 million.

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