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'Hobbit' sequel 'Desolation of Smaug' to take box office gold
'Hobbit' sequel 'Desolation of Smaug' to take box office gold

A J.R.R. Tolkien dragon will torch the competition as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" slithers into theaters this weekend. The 3-D "Hobbit" sequel, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, is expected to take in around $80 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  The movie, a New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. production, cost about $225 million to make and was co-financed by MGM and Warner Bros. PHOTOS: 60 images from 'The Hobbit: Desolation Smaug' Directed by Peter Jackson, who made all...