"Les Misérables" could reach a crescendo this weekend as Tom Hooper's adaptation of the classic Broadway musical has a strong chance of claiming No. 1 at the box office.
Moviegoers showed up in droves to the multiplex on Christmas Day, when "Les Miz" posted the second-highest opening of all time for the holiday -- behind 2009's
The positive reception for "Guidance" is particularly surprising, given that the movie has only notched a 17% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie, about a couple tasked with taking care of their rambunctious grandkids for a few days, was financed by
Universal, meanwhile, definitely has a hit on its hands with "Les Miz." The movie, which had a budget of roughly $61 million, is also doing brisk business abroad. Even though it has only debuted in seven foreign markets, including Australia and Japan, the film has grossed $28.3 million so far internationally.
And although "Django" is the costliest of the Christmas releases -- it cost more than $100 million to make -- the movie should generate strong word of mouth in the coming weeks. The film is playing to a broad audience: 54% of the opening-day crowd was male, 54% was under 35, and roughly 42% was African American.