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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Frozen’ Reigns Over ‘Paranormal’ and ‘Hobbit’

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After weeks at the box office under the shadow of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen finally reached number one this weekend, despite the ambitious debut of the latest Paranormal Activity installment.

Frozen took in $19.5 million to earn its number one title while Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones placed number two in its first weekend with $18.3 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell two spots to number three with $15.6 million while The Wolf of Wall Street jumped from fifth to fourth place with $13.2 million. Lastly, American Hustle rounded out the top five with $12.4 million, having also jumped one spot from last weekend.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Wolf’ Is No Match for ‘The Hobbit’

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Despite the formidable opponent Scorsese's Oscar buzz-generating The Wolf of Wall Street appeared, it did not have enough pull to say The Lord of the Rings fans who flocked for the third consecutive week to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug remain at number one.

The sequel to last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned $29.8 million this week, while Frozen was bumped up one spot from last week to number two with $28.8 million. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fell to number three with its $20.1 million draw, and American Hustle stayed put at number four with $19.5 million. The Wolf of Wall Street debuted at number five with $18.5 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Hobbit’ Sequel Victorious Over ‘Anchorman 2’

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Athough much buzz was drummed up for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (not to mention all the appearances Will Ferrell made as Ron Burgundy for promotional purposes), it was not enough to overshadow the draw of the sequel to last year's The Hobbit.

The latest installment of the Lord of the Rings series took in $31.5 million, securing its second consecutive week at number one. Anchorman 2 took in a respectable $26.7 million in its debut weekend while Frozen fell one spot to number three with $19.6 million. After having been added to more than 2,500 theaters this weekend, American Hustle jumped from #15 to #4 with $19.1 million. Saving Mr. Banks also received quite a bit of help with an increased theater count, taking in $9.3 million to round out the top five.

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Ian McKellen Ceased Elijah’s Punk Music on ‘The Hobbit’ Set

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, and Peter Jackson on the set of 'The Hobbit'Ian McKellen made a deal with Elijah Wood to stop him playing punk rock songs when they were filming The Hobbit.

The 73-year-old screen legend wasn't a fan of the 31-year-old actor's choice of music when they were in the make-up trailer together, so had to find a compromise which worked for them both.

"We brokered a deal, where he could have 15 minutes of music, then I could have 15 minutes of no music," McKellen told Empire.

The star had a great time reprising his role as Gandalf the wizard for the movie - a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy - but admits some of the modern shooting techniques left him in tears. In the film, Gandalf is a huge man and in order to make the scenes with the diminutive hobbits and dwarves look convincing McKellen had to film his scenes on his own, and the process depressed him:

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