Please note that Thursday's grosses for WB releases are technically studio estimates. Actuals will be reported by WB on Monday.
Django Unchained took in $3.884 million on Thursday to maintain a very slim lead over The Hobbit at the daily box office. The Quentin Tarantino directed western from The Weinstein Company led The Hobbit by $39,067 for the day (though the exact difference could change a bit when Warner Bros. reports the official Thursday gross for The Hobbit on Monday). Django Unchained fell 15 percent from Wednesday and 53 percent from last Thursday, as daily grosses in general have clearly come back down to Earth after the end of the holiday season. Django Unchained took second place for the week with an impressive $52.95 million and has grossed $86.27 million through ten days of release.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey landed in a close second with an estimated $3.845 million. The Peter Jackson directed blockbuster fantasy film fell 14 percent from Wednesday and 62 percent from last Thursday. The Hobbit finished in first place for the week with $56.60 million and has grossed $246.30 million through three weeks of release.
On the international front, The Hobbit grossed an estimated $14.5 million from 65 foreign markets on Thursday. The film continues to perform significantly stronger internationally, where it has grossed $513.4 million to date. That brings the film's current worldwide haul to $759.7 million. Total grosses for key markets include $66.8 million in Germany, $65.8 million in the United Kingdom, $36.3 million in France, $32.7 million in Russia, $25.1 million in Australia and $24.4 million in Spain.
Les Misérables held steady in third place with $3.31 million. The modestly budgeted musical from Universal fell just 8 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. Compared to last Thursday, Les Misérables was down 64 percent. Les Misérables placed in third for the week with $48.05 million and has grossed a strong $87.49 million in its first ten days. Through ten days of release, Les Misérables boasts a $1.22 million total gross lead over Django Unchained.
Fox's Parental Guidance grossed $1.84 million to remain in fourth. The comedy starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler was down 14 percent from Wednesday and down 56 percent from last Thursday. Parental Guidance finished in fourth place this week with $27.85 million and has grossed a stronger than expected $42.64 million in ten days. The film is currently running 73 percent stronger than the $24.59 million ten-day take of 2007's The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.