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CHRISTMAS DAY BOX OFFICE SOARS

December 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers who appeared to have little interest in last weekend’s box-office fare, returned to theaters in impressive numbers two days later, with the Universal musical Les Miserables setting records for the highest gross ever for a non-weekend Christmas Day and the highest opening-day gross ever for a musical. With an opening take of $18.1 million, only Sherlock Holmes, which opened with $24.6 million on Christmas Day in 2009 (a Friday), exceeded it.” The take was substantially higher than many pundits had predicted. (Movie musicals have had a notoriously poor track record at the box office of late, and several critics trashed this one.) Also performing strongly was the Weinstein Co.’s Django Unchained, which collected $15.01 million, also well above expectations — and extraordinary given its length and R-rating. Coming in third was Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which celebrated Christmas with $11.3 million, to bring its total gross to $168.3 million. Even the Fox comedy Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, has something to cheer about. It came in fourth with $6.3 million, not bad for a movie that reportedly cost about $30 million to make. Rounding out the top five was Paramount’s Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, with $5.3 million.