Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained has at last reached the summit of the daily box office, claiming the #1 position on Wednesday with nearly $4.552 million. The film dropped 51 percent from New Year's Day and has now amassed $82.39 million through just nine days of release. Although the release seasons create a large disparity, by sheer comparison, Inglourious Basterds was sitting at $67.6 million after nine days.
Slipping back into the second position for Wednesday was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The Middle-earth flick declined 53 percent from Tuesday to $4.45 million and finished $102,801 behind Django. Through 20 days of release, The Hobbit has grossed $242.45 million compared to I Am Legend's $209.5 million and the first Narnia's $183.1 million at the same point. (Note: Narnia had not yet reached its New Year's boost by day 20.)
Les Miserables similarly dropped by 53 percent from the New Year's holiday en route to $3.6 million for Wednesday. The well-received musical's total gross has reached $84.18 million through nine days, well ahead of the pace of modern musical box office standard bearers, Mamma Mia! and Hairspray.
Rounding out the top five were Parental Guidance ($2.14 million, down 54 percent from Tuesday) and Jack Reacher with $1.945 million. The cumes for those two films stand at $40.8 million and $53.8 million, respectively.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.