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‘Hobbit’ wins again at box office with ‘Django’ close behind

LOS ANGELES — ‘‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’’ continues to rule them all at the box office, staying on top for a third straight week and capping a record-setting $10.8 billion year in moviegoing. The Warner Bros. fantasy epic from director Peter Jackson made nearly $33 million this weekend, according to Sunday studio estimates, despite competition from some much-anticipated newcomers. It’s now made $222.7 million domestically alone.

Two big holiday movies — and potential Academy Award contenders — also had strong openings. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘‘Django Unchained’’ came in second place for the weekend with $30.7 million. The Weinstein Co. revenge comedy, starring Jamie Foxx as a slave in the Civil War South and Christoph Waltz as the bounty hunter who frees him and then makes him his partner, has earned $64 million since its Christmas Day opening. And in third place with $28 million was the sweeping, all-singing ‘‘Les Miserables,’’ based on the international musical sensation and the Victor Hugo novel of strife and uprising in 19th-century France. The Universal Pictures film, with a cast of A-list actors singing live on camera led by Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe, has made $67.5 million domestically and $116.2 worldwide since debuting on Christmas. Additionally, the smash-hit James Bond adventure ‘‘Skyfall’’ has now made $1 billion internationally to become the most successful film yet in the 50-year franchise, Sony Pictures announced Sunday. The film stars Daniel Craig for the third time as the iconic British superspy. ‘‘This is a great final weekend of the year,’’ said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker

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