Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Les Miz” Beats “Django” for Number 2 on New Year’s Eve


Which was a better way to celebrate the new year? A wild three hour comedy about slavery and the Civil War or a three hour musical about a student revolt in France in the early 1800s? If you guessed “Les Miserables,” you were correct. Tom Hooper’s magnificent spectacle edged back over Quentin Tarantino’s hilarious and serious “Django Unchained” on New Year’s Eve for second place to “The Hobbit.” “Les Miz” did about $6.3 million to the $5.1 for “Django.” The two films are big hits and having a lot of fun seesawing back and forth on the box office list. There’s an irony there too because Hooper’s Oscar winning success “The King’s Speech” was for The Weinstein Company, which has “Django.” Otherwise, the box office was steady as she goes, with “Jack Reacher” still in fifth place and getting beaten by “Parental Guidance.” “Silver Linings Playbook” added another million dollars plus last night, bringing it to over $28 million.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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