AceShowbiz - "Les Miserables" drew a lot of moviegoers on Christmas Day, thanks to the positive reviews it received days leading to the release date. The big-screen adaptation of the classic musical play topped Box Office on its first day in theaters, raking in an estimated $17.5 million. It surpassed the studio's expectation of $10+M tally on its debut.
Grabbing the headlines due to the controversy regarding its theme, "Django Unchained" also performed well on Box Office. It landed on second place with a projected $14 million, marking the top opening for an R-rated film on Christmas Day.
On No. 3, there's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" which is currently in its second week. The fantasy pic from director Peter Jackson added an anticipated $10.8 million from ticket sales on Christmas Day to its total domestic cume.
Also debuting on December 25, "Parental Guidance" starring %cBilly Crystal%, %cBette Midler% and %cMarisa Tomei% placed fourth with an estimated $6.5 million. %cTom Cruise%'s "Jack Reacher", meanwhile, rounded out the top five with a projected $4.9 million.