Christmas Day Was Really 'Misérables' at the Movies

Esther Zuckerman

Because nothing says Christmas more than tuberculosis, revolution, and singing, the movie musical Les Misérables took the Christmas Day box office with a surprisingly high $18 million or so on Tuesday, according to Nikki Finke at Deadline. (The Hollywood Reporter put the film's "expected take" at $17.5 million.) Following the tuneful and thoroughly depressing story of a man who stole some bread Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, a movie about bloody revenge for the cruelty of slavery, which took in $15.5 million according to Finke. Both films did better than expected.

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They also both set records: Les Miz surpassed other Christmas Day openers in number of early ticket sales, and Django made the most money of any R-rated December 25 debut. They were followed in Tuesday's box office race by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a movie that has already made a lot of money. Per Box Office Mojo, Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth took the pre-Christmas weekend box office, despite "plummeting" from its two-week perch.

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So it was a cheery year in movie theaters — oh, wait:

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