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Early box office numbers are in from Christmas day, showing that Hollywood was dealt some amazing Christmas joy from Santa. Les Miserables and Django Unchained, two critically acclaimed films poised to win some Oscars, both opened to big business, while even the comedy Parental Guidance did well.
Les Miserables lead the charge with an estimated $18 million, notes Deadline. Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the beloved musical was expected to make just $10 million for the day, but the two-hour and 37-minute film far exceeded those expectations. It earned an ‘A’ CinemaScore Grade from audiences and is poised to have a big weekend.
The film stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe and has already scored Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture - comedy/musical.
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has certainly been met with controversy thanks to the violence and use of the n-word, but it didn’t scare audiences away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film made nearly $14 million, easily setting the record for an R-rated Christmas day release. The previous record holder was 2002’s Ali, which made $10 million.
Audiences also granted the Jamie Foxx-starring Western an A- CinemaScore Grade.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is now in its second week, grossed $10.8 million, which puts it in third place.
The Bette Midler/Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance also opened Tuesday, making $7 million. It also earned a good A- CinemaScore Grade from the audience.