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Box office: 'Hobbit' leads pack; 'Night at the Museum,' 'Annie' follow

Box office: 'Hobbit' leads pack; 'Night at the Museum,' 'Annie' follow

Peter Jackson’s "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," injected a bit of pre-holiday merriment at the box office this weekend, grossing $16.6 million in the U.S. on Friday, and $51 million to date for Warner Brothers since the film's Wednesday opening.

The good cheer was needed. Hollywood's spirits have been dampened by the unprecedented cyber attack on Sony and theater threats that prompted the studio's controversial cancellation of the Christmas Day release of "The Interview" amid fears that moviegoers would stay away from the year's holiday movies.

The strong “Hobbit” opening, with $2.2 million from its Friday haul coming from IMAX...