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December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Boxing Day — the day after Christmas — is not celebrated in the U.S., but it certainly seemed as if a lot of people had taken the day off from work on Wednesday as the top three films each posted grosses in excess of $10 million. Leading the pack was Universal’s Les Miserables, which posted ticket sales of $12.2 million after a Christmas Day opening of $18.1 million. (Variety predicted today that the film will earn $80 million through New Year’s.) Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey actually managed to increase its receipts slightly to an estimated $11.4 million on Wednesday from $11.3 million a day earlier. The Weinstein Co.’s Django Unchained slipped to third place with $10 million. Wednesday’s results pushed The Hobbit above $500 million worldwide, helped, the studio said, by a record-breaking release in Australia, where it drew the biggest Boxing Day attendance of all time. The studio estimated that the film earned an additional $10.1 million domestically on Thursday, which would raise its worldwide total to $533.8 million.