The first in a planned Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy earned an estimated $10.73 million on Friday, which was actually up seven percent from the same day last week. That pushed its total past $200 million, making it the 11th 2012 movie to reach that level. That ties 2007 for most titles with over $200 million. For the three-day weekend, The Hobbit should wind up with over $30 million.
After losing to Les Miserables in its first three days, Django Unchained finally inched past the musical on Friday; the Quentin Tarantino revenge western added $9.67 million for a four-day total of $43 million. That's about on par with Inglourious Basterds's grosses through the same point, and that movie's $120.5 million total looks like a nice target for Django. The movie should wind up between $27 and $30 million for the weekend. Les Miserables had to settle for third place on Friday with an estimated $9.4 million. Through four days, the movie has grossed $48.8 million, which is a record pace for a musical. Universal is expecting over $28 million for the three-day weekend. Parental Guidance continues to perform nicely through its first few days: the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler family comedy grossed $5.05 million for a four-day total of $19.8 million. For the weekend, it should wind up with just shy of $15 million. Jack Reacher rounded out the Top Five with $4.52 million; it was the only holdover in the Top 12 to decline week-over-week (off 11 percent). The Tom Cruise thriller has grossed $35.5 million through eight days in theaters. This Is 40 improved 10 percent to $4.1 million, and has so far earned $28 million total. Lincoln continued its incredible run by jumping 72 percent to $2.4 million; with a $126.9 million total, it's now in the Top 20 of 2012. Monsters, Inc. 3D had its best day yet with $2.3 million, though its $14.4 million total is still very weak. Meanwhile, The Guilt Trip grossed $2.2 million for a terrible 10-day total of $16.7 million.