Django Unchained and Les Misérables duked it out for lucrative holiday box office dollars over the past week, with no declaration yet of a clear winner.
Les Mis is believed to be ahead by a nose, with $6.2 million to Django's $5.2 million on New Year's Eve, but Quentin Tarantino's controversial slave epic beat the Broadway-to-big screen revival over the weekend. A final declaration will be made once New Year's Day numbers are in.
Still, both films can only hope for a second place finish as The Hobbit is holding on to first. Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic took in an additional $7 million on New Year's Eve, bringing its domestic total to just below $230 million. Worldwide, the film has already crossed the half-billion mark.
This weekend, Matt Damon's A Promised Land and Forest Whitaker's CIA drama A Dark Truth join the fray. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 11, kicking awards season into full gear.
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