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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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Dwayne Johnson Is 2013’s Top-Grossing Actor

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been named 2013's top-grossing actor.

The four movies the 42-year-old star appeared in this year - Fast & Furious 6, G. I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, and Snitch - banked a collective $1.3 billion at the global box office, putting him just ahead of second-placed Robert Downey Jr., who only released one movie in 2013, the highest-grossing production Iron Man 3, which took $1.2 billion.
Despicable Me 2 star Steve Carrell ranked third, with his work - including The Way Way Back and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - bringing in $964 million, while WWE Superstar Dwayne's Fast & Furious 6 co-star, Riddick actor Vin Diesel placed fourth with $887 million.

Gravity and The Heat's successes with audiences helped propel Sandra Bullock to number five in the list - compiled by Forbes - with her movies grossing a total of $862 million this year. In sixth place was another Fast & Furious 6 actor, the late Paul Walker, who passed away last month after a car accident, bringing in $789 million, all of which came from the latest installment of the action franchise.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Frozen’ Proves No Match for ‘Catching Fire’

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Despite an impressive jump from its debut at the twenty-second spot to number two this week, Frozen didn't make enough money to overtake last week's number one winner The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The sequel to The Hunger Games took in $74.5 million, a good $8 million more than Frozen, which earned $66.7 million this weekend. Thor: The Dark World fell one spot to number three with $11.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also fell one spot to number four with $8.4 million. Newcomer Homefront debuted at number five with $6.9 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Catching Fire’ Takes Down ‘Thor 2’

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Although Thor: The Dark World had a fairly good two-week run at the top, we all knew that it was short-lived with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on its way to theaters.

The sequel to last year's huge hit The Hunger Games took in $158 million, which makes it the biggest opening for a film in the month of November and the sixth biggest opening for a film overall (right behind The Dark Knight and above its predecessor by $6 million). Thor: The Dark World came in second with $14.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also slipped one position down to number three with $12.4 million. Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man debuted at number four with $7.9 million, and Free Birds hung in there dropping one spot to number five with $5.3 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Best Man’ No Match for ‘Thor 2’

Thor: The Dark World

Despite The Best Man Holiday beating Thor: The Dark World at the box office on Friday, the Marvel sequel came out on top overall this weekend, making it number one for a second consecutive week.

The superhero flick - which stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman - took in $36.5 million, just enough to get it ahead of The Best Man Holiday's $30.1 million debut. Last Vegas - which came in fourth last week - placed third this week with $8.4 million. Free Birds dropped one spot to number four with $8.1 million while Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa fell three spots from last week's second place with $7.4 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Thor 2’ Seriously Dethrones ‘Ender’

Thor 2

Talk about a sci-fi takedown! Although Ender's Game was the big winner at the box office last week, Thor: The Dark World came in even stronger (though imagine how much more dough a film starring Loki would bring Disney?).

Thor: The Dark World took in $86.1 million while Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa remained at number two with $11.3 million. The animated film Free Birds moved up one spot to number three with $11.8, taking last week's number three film Last Vegas down to number four with $11.1 million. Lastly, Ender's Game fell four spots to number five with $10.2 million.

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Natalie Portman Envies Her British Co-Stars

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman would love to live and work in the same place.

The jet-setting Thor: The Dark World star is "envious" of her British co-stars who are able to live and work in the same city because more and more Hollywood productions are making use of London's production studios: "I love working here in London and I'm envious of British actors and British crews because American actors, we end up like gypsies - movie to movie, moving cities every time. But you can have such a fulfilling, wonderful, rich career here between the theatre, the TV, and the film all in one place. It's pretty cool to get to live and work in the same place."

The 32-year-old beauty - who has two-year-old son Aleph with her husband Benjamin Millepied - also said her mother Shelley Hershlag, who is her agent, often lends out family photos of her as a child to decorate the sets of her films, but joked her mum keeps using the same ones. "I guess the funny thing is that it is the same set of photos she always lends out for every movie I've done for the past 20 years. There's a lot of characters that shouldn't have the same experiences and family photos, but do. Also, all sorts of people have been Photoshopped into them - there's some interesting ones of me and Tobey Maguire from when I'm young, but not real, of course," she explained.


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