UPDATED: 'Les Misérables' Approaches $50 Million Domestically on December 27, 2012


Saturday (12/29) Update: Universal estimates a $9.4 million Friday gross for Les Misérables, bringing its four-day total to $48.8 million.

Friday (12/28) Update: Universal reports that Les Misérables grossed $9.2 million on Thursday, pushing its cume to $39.4 million. 

Thursday (12/27) Update: Universal reports today that Les Misérables grossed another $12.159 million domestically on Wednesday. The North American total now stands at $30.27 million after two days.

Previously: From Universal:

Les Misérables grossed an estimated $18.1 million yesterday, making it the 2nd highest Christmas Day opening in history behind Sherlock Holmes which opened on a Friday in 2009 to $24.6 million. Les Mis now holds the record for the biggest non-weekend Christmas Day opening in history, besting Marley & Me, which opened on a Thursday in 2008 to $14.4 million. It is also the highest ever opening day for a musical.

Les Misérables received an A CinemaScore overall, with females (56% of the audience tracked) rating our film A+, and not one other category broken down by age gave it less than an A.


UPDATED: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Reaches $868,784 on December 26, 2012


Wednesday Update: Sony reports that Zero Dark Thirty has now made $868,784 from five screens since opening last Wednesday. That's $173,757 per location. The film expands nationwide on January 11.

Sunday Update: Sony estimates that Zero Dark Thirty will have $639K in the bank from 5 locations by the end of Sunday. 

Key stats from Sony:

Zero Dark Thirty took in $410K this weekend for a staggering per location average of $82K per run and last night, by a wide margin it had its biggest night so far. ZDT grossed a total of $154,699 from our five theaters yesterday.

AMC VILLAGE: $28,108
E WALK: $23,766

ZDT was #1 in each of the complexes where it is playing with the exception of Lincoln Square where the IMAX screening of The Hobbit slightly won out.

The breakdown this weekend was 115K on Friday, $155K yesterday and we expect another $140K today for a $410K weekend and a cume to date of $639K since we debuted on Wednesday.


Saturday Update: With another $115K in the bank on Friday, Zero Dark Thirty has tallied an impressive $344K from 5 locations in only three days. That's $69K per screen. 

Friday Update: Sony reports that Zero Dark Thirty grossed $104,164 from five locations on Thursday, pushing its haul to $229,012 after two days. 

Thursday Update: Sony estimates that Zero Dark Thirty managed $124,848 from only 5 locations on its first day of release. 

That's a new unadjusted high for a Wednesday platform opening. It tops the likes of 1991's Cape Fear ($115K from 10 locations), 1999's American Beauty ($73K from 6 locations) and 2006's Little Miss Sunshine ($66K from 7 locations). Cape Fear's adjusted opening day would be $217K compared to $114K for American Beauty and $80K for Little Miss Sunshine. The debut shatters the Wednesday platform opening of $53K that J. Edgar managed last November from 7 locations. Advance Ticket Sales for 'Les Miserables' Outpacing Other Christmas Day and Musical Film Releases on December 24, 2012

According to, 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)
· 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.

· HAIRSPRAY (1107.19% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)
· RENT (2005) (527.13% more tickets sold for LES MISERABLES)

GLOBAL BOX OFFICE: 'Les Miserables' Grabs $4.2 Million In Japan; 'Skyfall' Nears $700 Million on December 23, 2012

lesmis.pngLes 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
United Kingdom
Czech Republic
South Africa

Disney Hits $1.5 Billion Domestically In 2012 on December 23, 2012

Disney reports that their 2012 domestic box office crossed the $1.5 billion mark on Saturday.

Top earners:

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.  


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