Agence France-PresseDecember 15, 2013 15:47
The latest installment of the Tolkien epic series, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," claimed the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.
The second part of The Hobbit film trilogy, starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman on a quest to reclaim the hobbit homeland -- earned a commanding $73.7 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The series, directed by Peter Jackson, follow on the heels of his mega-successful trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."