“Les Misérables” took a dip Wednesday but stayed atop the box office with another $12.2 million on its second day. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” moved into second with $11.2 million, moving ahead of “Django Unchained,” which took in $10 million in its second day.
The numbers dropped significantly from Tuesday, but Christmas Day movies are a tradition for many families, and the bad weather hitting much of the country didn't help. “Les Miz” was off 32 percent from Tuesday, and “Django” was off 33 percent from Tuesday. “The Hobbit” was level.
Universal's star-studded musical "Les Miz" has now done $30.3 million in two days, and the Weinstein Company's Quentin Tarantino slave-revenge saga "Django" is at $25 million, both well ahead of pre-release projections. "Les Miz" had added $28.3 million since opening overseas last week in Australia and six Asian countries, so it has a worldwide total of $58.6 million.
Fox's Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy "Parental Guidance" was a distant fourth with $4.2 million Wednesday, followed by Paramount's Tom Cruise action film "Jack Reacher," which added $3.8 million. Universal's Judd Apatow comedy "This is 40" was next with $3.3 million.
"The Hobbit," which raised its overall domestic total to nearly $180 million and has a worldwide total of $524 million, no doubt benefited from school being out — and two other kids films did, too.
Disney's 3D re-release of "Monsters Inc." took in $1.6 million, and DreamWorks Animation's and Paramount's "Rise of the Guardians" added $1.3 million. They were the only two films in the top 10 to do better Wednesday than Tuesday, both up 14 percent. The overall domestic total for "Rise of the Guaardians" is at $83.6 million.
Those two movies finished ninth and 10th, behind DreamWorks' and Disney's "Lincoln" ($2.1 million) and Paramount's Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy "Guilt Trip" ($1.6 million). The overall domestic total for "Lincoln" now stands at $122 million.