“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.”
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.
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.