Friday Report: 'Hobbit' Passes $200 Million, 'Django,' 'Les Mis' Still Strong

by Ray Subers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 29, 2012

The Hobbit held the top spot at the beginning of the final weekend of 2012, though Django Unchained and Les Miserables weren't far behind.

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.

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