Friday Estimates

Friday Box-Office: 'The Hobbit' #1, 'Django' and 'Les Mis' a Close Second and 'Zero Dark' Dominating Limited Release

A lot of people are heading out to the movies

Friday Box Office: Hobbit / Django / Les MiserablesThose 3-D dollars are certainly keeping The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey out in front of newcomers Django Unchained and Les Miserables, but is there any chance the scorching spaghetti western or hot musical could overtake the Hobbitses for #1?

Friday numbers place The Hobbit in first with $10.7 million, up 6% from the same day last weekend which resulted in a $36.9 million three-day so there's no reason not to expect the same result this time around, if not higher.

However, The Hobbit does now face competition beyond the fact it has been in theaters for two weeks already. Django Unchained is on its way to potentially becoming Quentin Tarantino's highest grossing film to date as it brought in $9.7 million on Friday, followed closely by Les Miserables with $9.4 million. While I teased the potential of either of the films overtaking Hobbit for #1 in my lede, I don't see that as much of a possibility as the two will battle for second around $30 million, which is still impressive nonetheless.

Additional newcomer this week, Parental Guidance, which has trailers telling me it is the "best family film of the year" (whatever that means), scored $5.1 million on Friday and will likely finish the weekend around $16m.

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow's This is 40 comes in with $4.1m and The Guilt Trip starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand lands a soft $2.1 million.

Silver Linings Playbook expanded to 745 theaters this weekend but has so far only managed $1.2 million and will need some help cracking the top ten.

In limited release, Zero Dark Thirty is still only playing in five theaters and still racking up the dough, bringing in $94,100 on Friday bring its cume to $1.1 million and it should be over $1.4 million by the end of the weekend after only 12 days in only five theaters.

I have included Friday's top ten directly below and will be back on Sunday morning with a complete wrap-up.

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $10.7 million
  2. Django Unchained - $9.7 million
  3. Les Miserables - $9.4 million
  4. Parental Guidance - $5.1 million
  5. Jack Reacher - $4.5 million
  6. This is 40 - $4.1 million
  7. Lincoln - $2.3 million
  8. Monsters, Inc. - $2.2 million
  9. The Guilt Trip - $2.1 million
  10. Rise of the Guardians - $1.8 million
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

    Top three movies have 160 minute running times. Is that too much?

  • Winchester

    I think The Hobbit will stay in top spot but Les Mis and Django will be tight unless one pulls ahead more noticeably on Saturday.

    • Winchester

      In terms of holdovers I'm still trying to decide if Skyfall has enough Holiday steam to to be able to get past $300 million. My gut says it's inertia is enough..............but then I change my mind.

      The Hobbit could make a run at that level as well though I still expect it to come up just shy.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    I don't understand how Les Mis isn't winning in landslides. I've been to the theaters twice since christmas and every time, it's been sold out an hour and a half in advance. Django isn't selling out all. People could be going to the theater and then seeing Les Mis sold out and buying a ticket for something else.

    • John Debono

      Part of it could be theatre count, Les Mis is in 2,800 theatres versus Django's 3,000 and The Hobbit's 4,100 theatres. I am sure Les Mis is going to walk away with the highest per screen average.

  • adu

    I saw both Django and Les Mes today, and there were about 30 people in each show. Glad to see Hobbit running strong.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      I don't know what theaters you're going to...

  • Dale

    I think "The Guilt Trip" will rally and take the weekend.

    Only kidding. Happy New Year!

  • Kurt

    They have really messed up SLP's release haven't they?