“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” crossed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office and is on its way to a third consecutive weekend win after taking in $10.7 million on Friday.
That puts it on track for a three-day total of around $32 million and means Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth epic has taken in more than $573 million worldwide in 14 days for Warner Bros.
The race for second was tight between “Les Miserables” and the Weinstein Company’s “Django Unchained.”
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Friday marked the first time Quentin Tarantino’s slave saga had the better day, taking in $9.7 million. Universal’s star-studded musical added $9.4 million Friday. Both movies are likely to wind up around $28 million, with the bad weather in many parts of the country providing an X factor.
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The R-rated "Django,' which stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, has now grossed $42 million since its $15 million Christmas Day debut. The PG-13 "Les Miz," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, is at nearly $49 million after opening with $18 million Tuesday. It's also brought in another $32 million from overseas.
Fox's Billy Crystal-Bette Midler PG-rated comedy "Parental Guidance" was running fourth and is looking at a $15 million weekend after taking in $5 million Friday. Paramount's Tom Cruise action film "Jack Reacher" is tracking for a $13 million three-day haul after bringing in $4.5 million Friday.
Judd Apatow's R-rated comedy "This is 40" was next with $4.1 million, putting it on pace for a $12.7 million weekend. "Lincoln" was next with $2.3 million, which translates to a $7 million three-day total. It's domestic gross stands at $127 million.