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‘Hobbit’ roars to top of N. America box office

Los Angeles: 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. The second part of The Hobbit film trilogy, starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, earned a commanding $73.6 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. The series, directed by Peter Jackson, follow on the heels of his other mega-hit trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Slipping to a…