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Weekend Box Office: December 28-30, 2012

Dec. 30, 2012by: Dave Davis
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Hobbit still on top!

It was a busy box office weekend, but THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY held its place at the top of the chart with another $32.9 million (just 11% less than last week).

Bilbo and his wandering comrades have gathered $222.7 million domestically, so it's conceivable that Peter Jackson's latest trilogy-launching Tolkien film could reach FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING's $313.3M total. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY also has an additional $400 million in its pocketses from international audiences.

But a bounty-hunting ex-slave was hot on the trail of those Middle Earth travelers -- DJANGO UNCHAINED came in a close second with $30.6 million. Quentin Tarantino's violent and controversial epic is already at a $64 million total in its first six days (after a robust Christmas Day opening of $15 million). At this rate, it could end up being QT's biggest movie, if it surpasses INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS ($120.5M) and PULP FICTION ($107.9M).

The latest big-screen adaptation of LES MISERABLES won the day on its Tuesday opening (with $18.1 million), but settled for third place with $28 million on its first full weekend in theaters. The grime-coated musical from Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (THE KING'S SPEECH) got attention overseas as well, helping it hit a $116.1 million worldwide total so far. (By comparison, the 1998 song-free adaptation of LES MISERABLES with Liam Neeson, Claire Danes and Uma Thurman only made $14 million total in theaters.)

This was also a big weekend for audiences with considerable patience and sturdy bladders -- the top three movies each clock in at more than two-and-a-half hours.

The week's other new Christmas Day release didn't get quite the same crowds. Billy Crystal's new family comedy PARENTAL GUIDANCE landed in fourth with $14.8 million (and $6.3M on Tuesday), despite being on more screens than every Top 10 movie besides THE HOBBIT.

Tom Cruise's JACK REACHER continues to thrash bad guys with another $14 million, just a 10% drop from its opening. That said, Judd Apatow's maligned comedy THIS IS 40 actually made more than last weekend, as did Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN, the Rogen/Streisand road comedy THE GUILT TRIP, and Pixar's extra-dimensionalized reissue of MONSTERS, INC.

Outside the chart, SKYFALL finally makes its departure from the Top 10 (after hitting $1 billion worldwide), taking LIFE OF PI and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (PART 2) with it. In limited release, the Matt Damon drilling drama PROMISED LAND didn't exactly strike oil (its per-screen average trailed AMOUR and THE IMPOSSIBLE), but Kathryn Bigelow's bin Laden hunt ZERO DARK THIRTY has already collected $1.3 million on just five screens (it opens wide on January 11).

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $32.9 M $222.7 M
2. Django Unchained $30.6 M $64 M
3. Les Miserables $28 M $67.4 M
4. Parental Guidance $14.8 M $29.5 M
5. Jack Reacher $14 M $44.6 M
6. This Is 40 $13.1 M $37.1 M
7. Lincoln $7.5 M $132 M
8. The Guilt Trip $6.7 M $21.1 M
9. Monsters Inc. 3D $6.3 M $18.4 M
10. Rise of the Guardians $4.9 M $90.2 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:31PM on 12/30/2012
Did you mean Tom Hooper?
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2:34PM on 12/30/2012
Congrats to SKYFALL on making $1 billion!
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3:18PM on 12/30/2012
Congrats to Skyfall and Django. Hopefully, MGM won't have go bankrupt anytime soon, and we'll be getting more Bond movies sooner! As for Django Unchained, it's probably the best QT movie since the Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 - it was a total blast.

Hopefully, Jack Reacher keeps it legs strong and sturdy. It was a great, old-fashioned (in all the right ways) mystery thriller, peppered with some great action scenes, something that we don't enough of these days. Highly recommended.
Congrats to Skyfall and Django. Hopefully, MGM won't have go bankrupt anytime soon, and we'll be getting more Bond movies sooner! As for Django Unchained, it's probably the best QT movie since the Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 - it was a total blast.

Hopefully, Jack Reacher keeps it legs strong and sturdy. It was a great, old-fashioned (in all the right ways) mystery thriller, peppered with some great action scenes, something that we don't enough of these days. Highly recommended.
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4:11PM on 12/30/2012

Django

Django Unchained was phenomenal. Easily Tarantino's best and my personal favorite of his. Definitely one of the best films of the year and one that I will be definitely seeing again very soon.

Leo better have an award coming his way this year. If not then I don't know what will get him the long overdue Oscar.
Django Unchained was phenomenal. Easily Tarantino's best and my personal favorite of his. Definitely one of the best films of the year and one that I will be definitely seeing again very soon.

Leo better have an award coming his way this year. If not then I don't know what will get him the long overdue Oscar.
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4:24PM on 12/30/2012
Django was good. Better than inglorious basterds, and on par with kill bill. A 7/10.
Django was good. Better than inglorious basterds, and on par with kill bill. A 7/10.
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2:27AM on 12/31/2012
DJANO beats LE MIS! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DJANO beats LE MIS! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8:54AM on 12/31/2012

The D is Silent, Motherfucker!

Go Django! Saw it the day after it opened. There was so much there-such a sensory overload, that I gotta see it again, and I can't wait. Not surprised Bilbo's doing so well, but I'm quite surprised Django beat Le Miz. Keep on, Django-you'll be getting more of my dollars soon.
Go Django! Saw it the day after it opened. There was so much there-such a sensory overload, that I gotta see it again, and I can't wait. Not surprised Bilbo's doing so well, but I'm quite surprised Django beat Le Miz. Keep on, Django-you'll be getting more of my dollars soon.
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