Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained edged out Les Miserables to claim the No. 2 spot at the Fiday box office behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Although The Hobbit took in $10.7 million on Friday to lead this weekend’s movies, Django Unchained earned $9.7 million at the box office to edge out Les Miserables at $9.4 million. After falling behind Les Mis on Christmas Day, the Quentin Tarantino directed Western surged past Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation for the first time only four days later.
On December 25, Les Miserables opened at $18.2 million ahead of both Django Unchained in second with $15 million and The Hobbit in third at $11.3 million.
Four days later, however, the top three movies remain the same but in different order. Obviously strong word-of-mouth among moviegoers helped push Django over the top on Friday.
To date, according to numbers at Box Office Mojo, Les Miserables has earned nearly $49 million domestically while Django Unchained sits at a four day total of $43 million.
After two weeks of release, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has taken in over $200 million in domestic box office ticket sales and close to $600 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top five at the Friday box office, the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance was No. 4 at $5.1 million and Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, held the No. 5 spot with $4.1 million.
Industry analysts have Django Unchained and Les Miserables on track for a weekend total between $25-$30 million.
Which film do you think is better, Django, Les Mis, or The Hobbit?