Box Office: Close Race Between Django and Les Misérables

Box Office: Close Race Between Django and Les Misérables

Still, neither can top The Hobbit.

Published January 2, 2013

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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(Photos from left: Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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