The Hobbit Rakes in $600m and Django Unchained to be Tarantino's Biggest Movie Yet
As the results pour in for the movie takings over the festive period, it looks as though three movies have truly surpassed themselves. The Hobbit took $32m over the weekend, bringing its world wide gross to over $600m. Les Miserables' Christmas day release saw it beating the rest for three days, and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained looks to be the director's biggest film yet, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Friday saw The Hobbit smash through $600 million total worldwide gross sales which makes it bigger than The Fellowship of the Ring, the first movie of the LOTR trilogy, a number which bodes well for the the second two movies of Peter Jackson's latest JRR Tolkien trilogy.
Django Unchained also did incredibly well over the weekend with north American sales of over $30m, doubling it's week takings to gross at $64m. Either due to, or despite, the controversial race debate surrounding the film, Tarantino's latest brave foray with a strong political back bone is set to be his biggest yet, surpassing the sales of 2009's Inglourious Basterds. Regardless of the controversy surrounding it, reviews of performances, cinematography and directing have all been glowing it's currently holding an 89% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie best suited to this time of year, the musical Les Miserables, has also fared very well, with $28m of takings over the weekend and a 6 day total of over $67m. Musicals are often hit and miss in the cinemas, both with audiences and awards ceremonies. But like 2002's Chicago, and very much unlike last year's utter flop Nine, it looks as though Tom Hooper's epic movie will score high in all categories.