Les Miserables blasts off on Christmas with a monster $18 million dollars. The film received an A- from audiences and debuted No. 1 despite opening in only 2808 theaters. Django Unchained opened in 2nd and The Hobbit spend Christmas in 3rd.
Les Miserables powered the Christmas box office. It lead a surprisingly huge Christmas Day. In fact, Les Miserables was the number one advance Christmas Day ticket selling film in history, surpassing Sherlock Holmes in 2009.
Working Title and Universal expected a number just north of $10 million dollars and insiders say the studio would have been thrilled with $15 million. So you can image their surprise and Christmas glee when the numbers began to come in and they were tracking around $18 million. Put another feather in the cap of Director Tom Hooper. His unexpected box office run continues in grand fashion. One has to be impressed that a 2 and a half hour musical could do this type of business. We must also acknowledge the tremendous cast. There is no doubt, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and company had a lot to do with this fantastic turn out.
In second place, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The controversial film from Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures did a strong $15.5 millions. That is a monster number and a record for a rated R film on Christmas. The reviews have powered this film as well. Though its been criticized for the over use of the N-Word, audiences still gave the film an A- rating on CinemaScore.
The Hobbit rounds out the top three. The film is still in 4100 theaters and pulled in a solid $10.8 million dollars on Christmas Day. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s a good number for a second week film. Rounding out the top five are Parental Guidance with $7 million dollars and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher which brought in just over $5 million. The top ten is below.
Box Office Top Ten
1. Les Misérables (Working Title/Universal) NEW [Runs 2,808]
Christmas Day $18.0M
2. Django Unchained (Sony/Weinstein) NEW [Runs 3,010]
Christmas Day $15.5M
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (MGM/WB) Week 2 [Runs 4,100]
Christmas Day $10.8M, Cume $167.9M
4. Parental Guidance (Chernin/Fox) NEW [Runs 3,358]
Christmas Day $7.0M
5. Jack Reacher (Skydance/Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 3,352]
Christmas Day $5.1M, Cume $22.9M
6. This Is 40 (Universal) Week 1 [Runs 2,913]
Christmas Day $4.3M, Cume $17.3M
7. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 7 [Runs 1,966]
Christmas Day $2.4M, Cume $120.3M
8. The Guilt Trip (Skydance.Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 2,431]
Christmas Day $2.3M, Cume $10.9M
9. Monsters Inc 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 1 [Runs 2,618]
Christmas Day $1.2M, Cume $8.3M
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