Les Misérables, Django Unchained Lead Box Office Sales on Christmas

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<i>Les Misérables</i>, <i>Django Unchained</i> Lead Box Office Sales on Christmas

Christmas Day marked a massive day for the box office, with Les Misérables and Django Unchained topping the list of earners. Les Misérables opened to $18 million and Django Unchained opened to $14 million, according to Deadline.

Films that also had a notable Christmas were Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which took in $10.8 million in its second week, bringing its running total to $167.9 million; Parental Guidance, which took in $7 million on its first day; Jack Reacher, which took in $5.1 million, $22.9 million in its first week; and This is 40, which took in $4.3 million, $17.3 million in its first week.

With early critical acclaim and much anticipation, it was no surprise that Les Misérables had a huge opening day, but some questioned a strong opening for Quentin Tarantino’s ultra-violent Django Unchained after the Newtown Tragedy, which caused The Weinstein Company to cancel the Los Angeles premiere of the film on Dec. 18.