According to MovieTickets.com, domestic box office advance ticket sales for LES MISERABLES are outpacing the following films released on Christmas day in the past when comparing total advance tickets sold at the same point in the film's sales cycle prior to release.
· CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (6,744.3% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (1,430.4% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· MARLEY & ME (722.18% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· WAR HORSE (463.22% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· SHERLOCK HOLMES (178.45% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
Advance ticket sales for LES MISERABLES are also outpacing other musical films releases including the following when comparing total advance tickets sold at the same point in the film's sales cycle prior to release.
· SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (1419.47% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· HAIRSPRAY (1107.19% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· RENT (2005) (527.13% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
Les Miserables is off to a great start in Japan. The musical has an estimated $4.2 million in the bank from 348 dates. Paid previews begin in Korea, Hong Kong and Australia this weekend. From Universal: "[Les Miserables] is No. 1 [in Japan] of the Hollywood films and well ahead of the competition with 46% market share among those films. It is No. 2 overall just behind a local animated film. Our opening is bigger than opening weekends of MAMMA MIA! (¥350M), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (¥340M) and last weekend's opening of THE HOBBIT (¥292M). Audiences are applauding during the end credits in Tokyo, which is a rare occurrence in this market. LES MIS results in Korea are outstanding. It is No. 1 in the market and bigger than the opening weekends of MAMMA MIA! and THE HOBBIT. Spontaneous applause at the end of the film is being reported across Korea as well. Limited paid previews in Australia (one day and one evening session on Sat. and Sun.) and Hong Kong are doing great. We are off to strong starts in all four of these markets and we have great holiday playtime ahead of us. Paid preview grosses for Korea, Australia and Hong Kong will be reported when the film officially opens in these markets this week. We open in the U.S. and Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain on Tues., Dec. 25 followed by Australia on Dec. 26 and Hungary on Dec. 27. The rest of the international will release in 2013 including the U.K. and Ireland on Jan. 11."
Life of Pi opened in another 35 markets this weekend. The 20th Century Fox released earned an excellent $23.2 million from 6,330 screens in 46 markets overall, pushing the overseas cume to $160.5 million.
Skyfall is now up to $694.3 million overseas. Sony's markets earned an estimated $8.4 million overseas bringing their cume to $607.1 million. MGM's distribution partners earned an estimated $.565 for a total of $87.2 million.
AUSTRALIA lead the pack this weekend with $2.4 million (cume $42.6 million) and still #1 for a fifth straight week. JAPAN took in $1.6 million in its 4th frame to raise its cume to $22.4 million and GERMANY did another $1.3 million for a new total of $78.9 million. Both markets held very well, slipping just 22% from last weekend. Other holdovers include the U.K. with $.800 (cume $159.3 million), HOLLAND $.480 ($20.6 million) and FRANCE $.460 ($58.0 million).
Rise of the Guardians added $13.7 million from 6,251 cinemas in 60 countries over its 6th weekend in global release, pushing the overseas cume to $142.9 million.
Jack Reacher debuted in 7 overseas markets this weekend, making an estimated $2.5 million from 365 cinemas. The action flick opens next week in:
Switzerland - G
Switzerland - F
Disney reports that their 2012 domestic box office crossed the $1.5 billion mark on Saturday.
Marvel's The Avengers: $623.4 million
Brave: $237.2 million
Wreck-It Ralph: $169.9 million*
The Mouse House rebounded quickly after a tough first quarter that brought the massive failure of John Carter. Marvel's The Avengers set a new opening-record with $207.4 million during the first weekend in May en route to becoming #3 highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted). Brave and Wreck-It Ralph have also exceeded expectations.
*still in release.