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Tolkien tops princess power at the multiplex.

Per studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros. "The 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.

Top 10 at the Box Office:
1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - $73.7 M
2. "Frozen" - $22.2 M
3. "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" - $16 M
4. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $13.2 M
5. "Thor: The Dark World" - $2.7 M
6. "Out of the Furnace" - $2.3 M
7. "Delivery Man" - $1.9 M
8. "Philomena" - $1.8 M
9. "The Book Thief" - $1.7 M
10. "Homefront" - $1.6 M

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Based on 44 critics

Bilbo and his companions reach the Lonely Mountain, where they encounter the fearsome dragon Smaug. Read More