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Weekend B.O. Dec. 28-30 (Who's On Top?)

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by Sergio
December 30, 2012 12:24 PM
20 Comments
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Since Christmas it’s been a three way battle between Les Miserables, Django Unchained and The Hobbit, with Les Miz coming out in front at first. Then The Hobbit raced up to the front position, while Django and Les Miz were battling out, tooth and nail, neck and neck, for second place.

And the winner this weekend is…The Hobbit.

Django came in second, and Les Miz third, even though that film has a slightly higher total than Django due to that strong  Christmas day opening - $18 million compared to Django's $15.5 million opening. Still, that is the highest opening for an R rated film during the Christmas film season ever.

But most people are surprised by the very strong b.o. performance of Django, which is getting very strong buzz and, of course, controversy never hurts.

Film analyst and critic Erik Childress, who has a solid reputation about box office numbers, and appears every week on WCIU-TV Chicago giving his b.o. predictions, says that Django could be the No. 1 film next week, and could very well hit $150 million domestically, making it the biggest box office hit of Quentin Tarantino’s career, surpassing his previous biggest all time b.o. hit Inglorious Basterds, which grossed $120.5 million domestically.

And the overseas market for Django, in Europe, South America and especially Japan, where Django opens on March 1, and where Tarantino has a strong, avid following, even appearing in TV commercials there, could make Django the biggest grossing Tarantino film in foreign markets, as well once again surpassing Basterds.

Here's this weekend's B.O. list:

1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB $32,920,000 Total : $222,703,000
2) Django Unchained Wein. $30,688,000 Total :$64,008,000
3) Les Miserables Uni. $28,027,000 Total : $67,466,000
4) Parental Guidance Fox $14,800,000 Total :$29,589,000
5) Jack Reacher Par. $14,010,000 TotaL ;$44,661,000
6) This Is 40 Uni. $13,186,000 Total :$37,116,000
7) Lincoln BV $7,509,000 Total :;$132,039,000
8) The Guilt Trip Par. $6,700,000 Total :$21,102,000
9) Monsters, Inc. (3D) BV $6,363,000 TotaL ;$18,490,000
10) Rise of the Guardians P/DW $4,900,000 Total :$90,230,000
11) Skyfall Sony $4,600,000 Total :$289,600,000
12) Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $4,110,000 Total :$27,361,000
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20 Comments

  • bill | January 1, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    All this anger toward Django. I remember another blog that blasted 'Think like a man.' Then I went to see it and it was a pretty good movie. I'm looking forward to avatar 2 and the scuffles about how the Na'vi are blue slaves.

  • SMH | December 31, 2012 8:49 AMReply

    @ Chris AKA Uncle Remus nephew
    I guess you don't get the irony in your OWN comment? How did you learn to call people black people"niggas"? The difference between you and me I never thought I was a "nigga" and surely would not refer to black people as one. Your coonery is of epic portions. It must physically hurt to coon that hard.
    If your Black Pride has to come via a white mans' imagination I guess you have to get in where you fit in. The only problem is with this transmission it teaches you to call black people niggas.
    Sucks, huh?
    DCoon on... the D is silent

    LMAO.

  • Carl | December 31, 2012 2:39 PM

    Still mad? GOOD! lol

  • Tyson | December 30, 2012 10:54 PMReply

    S&A looks like one of your members is mad because Django is living up to the hype. Did they really think people of all races was not going to see one of the best films of the year.

  • SMH | December 31, 2012 8:51 AM

    @ Tyson
    Mad? Why should I be? I still got my money.

  • Smh | December 30, 2012 7:43 PMReply

    @ Sergio
    So I should assume he practiced calling you the n word you since you were knee high.
    @ Coontastic Carl should stop the buck dancing you are wearing out your Christmas day shoes
    @ Alan inglorious bastards did Almost 40 million opening weekend, stop trying to act like this is groundbreaking
    Q is the the Eminem of movies



    LMBAO
    Y'all funny

  • Chris | December 30, 2012 10:41 PM

    You are right about 1 thing. Bastards did open to 38 million however bastards opend on a Friday. Django opend on Tuesday and mad 35 million before the weekend. Add on the 30 million it made this weekend that would put its total at 65. If the films would have opend in Friday then it would have made close to 50 opening weekend so yes this is a great opening and yes us black folks are loving the film. Maybe you and spike should go on a date and talk about the good old days when niggas knew there place while the rest us enjoy the hell out of Django.

  • Chris | December 30, 2012 10:41 PM

    You are right about 1 thing. Bastards did open to 38 million however bastards opend on a Friday. Django opend on Tuesday and mad 35 million before the weekend. Add on the 30 million it made this weekend that would put its total at 65. If the films would have opend in Friday then it would have made close to 50 opening weekend so yes this is a great opening and yes us black folks are loving the film. Maybe you and spike should go on a date and talk about the good old days when niggas knew there place while the rest us enjoy the hell out of Django.

  • Chris | December 30, 2012 10:40 PM

    You are right about 1 thing. Bastards did open to 38 million however bastards opend on a Friday. Django opend on Tuesday and mad 35 million before the weekend. Add on the 30 million it made this weekend that would put its total at 65. If the films would have opend in Friday then it would have made close to 50 opening weekend so yes this is a great opening and yes us black folks are loving the film. Maybe you and spike should go on a date and talk about the good old days when niggas knew there place while the rest us enjoy the hell out of Django.

  • Winston | December 30, 2012 9:34 PM

    I think this bitch IS mad! Awwwwwww, so sorry for you, Stephen.

  • Carl | December 30, 2012 8:48 PM

    Tarantino is getting press on S&A and you're crying like a bitch. lol Aww...you mad?

  • Chris | December 30, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    First great reviews from Critcs and then great word of mouth and now a big boxoffice. Django lived up to the hype. Looking forward to Killer Crow.

  • Smh | December 30, 2012 5:58 PMReply

    @ Sergio
    I do know and I think you are wrong.
    What I do know is shadow act has become all things Quentin to the point I think you guys are getting paid to promote it.
    Matter of fact your review was probably written before you saw it.
    You go off if you want, but you haven't shown once of objectivity from the start.
    Now, that's what I do know.

  • sergio | December 30, 2012 6:13 PM

    Didn't you know? I'm QT's illegitimate son

  • Carl | December 30, 2012 6:05 PM

    Stop crying. The reviews have all been objective. You just don't like the fact QT is white and is getting pub on this site you bigot asshole.

  • Fo Real | December 30, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    Word of mouth?
    Dude that movie had a budget promotion bigger than the
    Last 10 movies.
    LMAO @ you trying to act like its a independent movie.
    Django was promoted everywhere.

  • Alan | December 30, 2012 6:25 PM

    The heavy promotion helped with the box-office on Christmas Day. Good word of mouth however is what helped it take over Les Miz this weekend. Both films had the same wildspread expensive promotion and Les Miz is PG-13 so if all things are equal Les Miz should have stayed #2 if word of mouth for that film was as good as the one for Django but it's not. That's why Django is now #2. This is how the box-office works folks. Advertising and promotions only get you butts in the seat opening day. To keep going people have to like your product. There is no disputing that Django is going to be QT's highest grossing film to date.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter the film is appealing to more women, Blacks and diverse age groups than expected. The studio is surprised. The terrific reviews, potential awards notices, Jamie Foxx, Leo Dicarpio, Kerry Washington (Scandel T.V. show) fans and of course QT fanboys all helped to make this a surprise hit. Les Miz really should have beat it otherwise.

  • sergio | December 30, 2012 4:02 PM

    Word of mouth is what makes or breaks a film, you know that don't you?. All that promotion is designed to get people into the theater the first week against the competition. After that it's word of mouth that either gets people to go the theater and to stay away. All the promotion money in the world couldn't save John Carter, Total Recall or Battleship

  • Curtis20 | December 30, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    So happy for Django. Love when great films do great at the boxoffice. Word of mouth is outstanding.

  • Curtis20 | December 30, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    So happy for Django. Love when great films do great at the boxoffice. Word of mouth is outstanding.

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