The Weinstein Company's Django Unchained grossed $1.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office. While it finished in second place over the weekend, the Quentin Tarantino directed western did take first place on both Saturday and Sunday and has now led the daily box office for three consecutive days (and five of the past six). Django Unchained fell 65 percent from Sunday, which represented a strong daily hold, especially given the competition it faced from the BCS Football Championship Game on Monday night. In comparison to last Monday's New Year's Eve performance, Django Unchained was down 64 percent. Django Unchained has grossed $108.15 million through two weeks of release, placing it 18 percent ahead of the $91.46 million two-week take of 2010's True Grit.
Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey placed in second with $1.31 million. The Peter Jackson directed fantasy blockbuster fell 72 percent from Sunday and 81 percent from last Monday. The Hobbit has grossed $265.15 million in 25 days. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the 25-day pace of 2007's I Am Legend and 5 percent behind the 25-day pace of 2002's The Two Towers.
Les Misérables finished just behind The Hobbit with a third place take of $1.26 million. Universal's modestly budgeted musical was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 80 percent from last Monday. Les Misérables has grossed $104.77 million during its first two weeks of release and will hope to continue stabilizing when Academy Award nominations are announced on Thursday.
After finishing in first place over the weekend, Texas Chainsaw 3D placed in fourth on Monday with $1.15 million. The 3D horror franchise re-launch from Lionsgate was actually down a solid 68 percent from Sunday, but had already lost major momentum on both Saturday and Sunday. Texas Chainsaw 3D has grossed $22.89 million in four days. That is slightly ahead of pre-release expectations and places the film 14 percent ahead of the four-day start of 2006's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
Sony's Zero Dark Thirty continued its impressive platform run on Monday with $242,059 from 60 locations. That gave the Kathryn Bigelow directed awards season hopeful a daily per-location average of $4,034. Zero Dark Thirty has grossed $4.65 million to date and is in good shape to have a strong performance when it expands into wide release this weekend.