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Les Miserables takes $17.5 million on Christmas Day in US

Les Miserables

Story by Jack Foley

THE big screen version of Les Miserables took a hugely impressive $17.5 million at the Christmas Day box office in the US.

The figure comfortably surpassed industry expectations, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and follows Golden Globe nominations and generally good reviews for the film, which stars Hgh Jackman (pictured), Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe among its ensemble.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained also did sterling business on its opening day, grossing an estimated $14 million to chalk up the best opening for an R-rated film on Christmas Day since Will Smith’s Ali in 2002.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey slipped from first to third with an anticipated $10.8 million, while family comedy Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei, came fourth with a projected $6 million to $7 million.

Overall, the US box office appears to be on course for an extremely healthy Christmas period.

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