Les Miserables Tunes Into First Place
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|1||Les Miserables (uk/us)||12/19/12||30.80%||788,836||1,265,703||670|
|3||The Hobbit (us)||12/13/12||17.40%||396,913||1,988,600||585|
|4||Marrying the Mafia 5||12/19/12||12.00%||312,681||528,802||447|
|5||Wreck-It Ralph (us)||12/13/12||5.70%||148,804||289,468||361|
|6||My P.S. Partner||12/6/12||5.70%||134,911||1,584,404||245|
|10||Rise of the Guardians (us)||11/29/12||1.70%||48,584||1,001,379||175|
The number one film, the bombastic musical Les Miserables, came as something of a surprise with 788,836 admissions, a huge performance for this genre. The epic melodrama is likely to develop strong word of mouth and may do well in the coming weeks, though holiday competition will be strong.
The Hobbit fell almost 60% for 396,313 but is just a fraction from the 2 million mark. Given the number of new releases, and more to come, it may not be able to avoid further big slides.
The fifth entry in the Marrying the Mafia franchise opened with 312,681, a big drop from its predecessor. Considering its prospects look quite bleak, perhaps this will spell the end of this tired franchise.
Given all the tentpole blockbusters that failed last year, CJ may be a little nervous about their big-budget inferno pic Tower when it opens next week but word on it is generally positive so perhaps the Korean film industry can muster a final hit for 2012.
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