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Hobbit holds on at North American box office

Martin Freeman in The Hobbit Image copyright Mark Pokorny
Image caption The final in the trilogy sees Martin Freeman reprise his role as Bilbo Baggins

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has held on to the top spot at the North American box office for a third consecutive week.

The final film in Peter Jackson's series took $21.9m (£14.3m) according to early studio estimates.

Disney's new release, the musical Into the Woods, was at number two with $19.1m (£12.5m) in its second week of release.

The fairytale drama stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.

Angelina Jolie's World War II tale Unbroken, took third spot with $18.4m (£12m).

The weekend's only major new release, horror sequel The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, landed in fourth place with $15.1m (£9.9m).

The first film, starring Daniel Radcliffe, was a huge success.

The sequel stars Helen McCrory, recently seen in BBC Two series Peaky Blinders, War Horse's Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Phoebe Fox.

Sony's controversial film The Interview, which involves a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, took an estimated $1.1m (£723,142) in its second week of limited release.

Last week, Sony announced the film had taken $15m (£9.84m) in its first four days of online streaming.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb rounded out the top five with takings of $14.5m (£9.5m).

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