Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Box Office: “Les Miz” in at Number 1, “Django” Follows Closely, Tom Cruise Knocked to Number 5

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The receipts are still being counted for Christmas Day box office. But it does look like a lot of people made it from their dinner tables to the movie theaters. “Les Miserables” came in at a boffo number 1 with somewhere between $16-$18 million. (UPDATE $18.2 Million– very nice!) Quentin Tarantino’s wild ride, “Django Unchained,” finished a close second. All of this means that Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher” was knocked to number 5. The final numbers will be available later Wednesday. A couple of things are as I predicted: “Les Miz” has a pent up demand, and once it hit theaters, it took off. Internationally, the numbers will go even crazier. “Django” is a word of mouth hit. Forget the so called “controversies” about racism and the N word. (They– the controversies– are manufactured.) Every single person I know who’s seen “Django” loves it. Black, white, purple, doesn’t matter. It’s a great entertainment. So hold on for updates and keep refreshing…

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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