For the third consecutive weekend,
The final weekend of 2012 was a strong one for Hollywood, as a crop of well-reviewed titles gave good performances at the box office.
Even the critically-lambasted family comedy
Overall, ticket sales were up 20% compared with the final three-day period in 2011, according to Hollywood.com. With only a few days left in the year, it appears that both revenue and attendance will have lifted roughly 6% from 2011.
"Django" was by far the most expensive of the new releases to hit theaters this week, costing co-financiers The Weinstein Co. and
The movie, which stars
"Les Miserables" also benefitted from strong buzz and the average A grade it received from audiences. The film, which stars a handful of popular actors including
The picture is also doing well overseas, having collected $48.7 million from just eight foreign markets. The movie did best by far in Korea, where its $20.1-million take marked the biggest opening ever for a musical in the country and the best debut there for any Universal title.
With a lack of family films in the marketplace, "Parental Guidance" was able to attract parents and their children. About 53% of those who saw the movie were families, who gave the film an A- CinemaScore despite the fact that the movie was savaged by reviewers.
“Critics are so impressed with themselves and want to show how smart and clever they are, and when there’s something sweet that’s right down the middle, they tend to turn their noses up at it,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for
Along with Walden Media, Fox spent only about $25 million to make "Parental Guidance," as its big stars Crystal and Midler took cut deals and the movie did not require any pricey special effects.
In limited release, Focus Features debuted its environmental drama
[For the record, Dec. 31, 7:46 AM: An earlier version of this post said that "Promised Land" grossed $72,047 over the weekend for a per-theater average of $2,882. In fact, that is how much the movie grossed on Saturday alone.]