‘Hobbit’ Wins the Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures

Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Les Misérables is doing better at the box office than expected, securing the titles of best opening for a musical and second-best Christmas Day opening ever. Still, much like that of the character played by Anne Hathaway, the film adaptation of the Broadway hit’s dream of staying at No. 1 is over. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained—luring in much larger female audiences than expected—has soared past Les Mis to the No. 2 spot with a box-office total of $64 million in the six days since it opened. At No. 1 for the third weekend in a row, however, is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, having grossed $222.7 million in North America alone and $600 million worldwide.