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The Hobbit tops U.K. box office for fourth consecutive weekend

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which stars Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, raked in a further $6.5 million (£4.1 million) over the weekend (05-06Jan13), bringing its U.K. gross total to $70.5 million (£44.9 million) since its release date last year (Dec12).

Tsunami movie The Impossible, which recently won Watts a coveted Golden Globe nomination, failed to overtake The Lord of the Rings prequel, scoring second place with $6.4 million (£4 million) in its opening weekend.

Ang Lee’s acclaimed Life Of Pi was knocked into third place with takings of $5.4 million (£3.4 million), while Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, starring Dame Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly, settled for fourth after earning $3.7 million (£2.3 million) in its opening weekend.

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The top five is rounded out by Tom Cruise’s latest blockbuster Jack Reacher, which took $2.7 million (£1.7 million).

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