Please note that grosses for films from Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. are still estimates. Actual grosses for such films are expected to be reported on Wednesday, January 2.
After spending the past two days outside of first place, Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey returned to first place on Thursday with an estimated daily take of $10.12 million. The Peter Jackson directed 3D fantasy film continues to show signs of stabilization as it fell a modest 11 percent from Wednesday and was up 53 percent over last Thursday's performance. Films with family appeal got an extra boost in general on Thursday, a factor which certainly helped out The Hobbit a bit yesterday. With The Hobbit having leaped over Les Misérables on Thursday's daily chart, it has the slight advantage between the two films heading into the weekend, though the weekend race between the two could still be very close. The two-week total for The Hobbit stands at $189.78 million. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, the film is running 14 percent stronger than the $167.08 million two-week take of 2007's I Am Legend and 13 percent softer than the $218.60 million two-week start of 2002's The Two Towers.
Internationally, The Hobbit grossed an estimated $26 million on Thursday from 62 foreign territories. That brings the film's international total to $373.0 million and current worldwide haul to $562.8 million. Key totals to date by foreign market include $47.3 million in Germany, $46.8 million in the United Kingdom, $26.1 million in France, $23.1 million in Russia, $19.0 million in Spain and $18.3 million in Korea.
Les Misérables fell 25 percent and one spot form Wednesday to place in second with $9.17 million. Despite the daily percentage slide, the highly anticipated musical adaptation from Universal still performed well on Thursday in the bigger picture. Les Misérables has exceeded expectations thus far with an impressive three-day start of $39.44 million. Without taking into account over a decade of ticket price inflation, that is 97 percent stronger than the $20.03 million three-day start of 2001's Ali. Les Misérables has grossed $32.2 million in its early international run, which places the film's worldwide total at $71.6 million.
Django Unchained held steady in third place with $8.30 million. The Quentin Tarantino directed western from The Weinstein Company was down 17 percent from Wednesday, which represented a very solid daily hold for the film. Django Unchained could continue to close the early percentage gap between it and Les Misérables over the weekend, but is still likely to finish behind Les Misérables during the three-day frame. With a three-day start of $33.32 million, Django Unchained is running 66 percent ahead of the pace of Ali without taking into account ticket-price inflation.
Fox's Parental Guidance took in $4.14 million to remain in fourth. The comedy starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler fell a slim 4 percent from Wednesday. Based on its daily holds thus far, Parental Guidance appears to be skewing somewhere in the middle of a film aimed at older adults and a film aimed at family audiences. Parental Guidance has grossed a stronger than expected $14.79 million through its first three days of release.
In platform release, Sony's Zero Dark Thirty remained strong. The Kathryn Bigelow directed awards season hopeful grossed $96,751 from 5 locations, giving it a daily per-location average of $19,350. Zero Dark Thirty topped the $1 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $1.05 million to date. The film is set to expand into wide release on Friday, January 11.
Elsewhere in platform release, Sony Pictures Classics' Amour grossed $128,224 from 3 locations this week and has now grossed $157,775 through nine days.