"Les Miserables" wins Christmas Day box office

Among the film's eight Academy Awards nominations was one for Best Original Song: "Suddenly," an addition to the original score, penned by the musical's creators, that helps preface a jump of many years in the narrative, as Valjean (Jackman) promises to care for the young Cosette (Isabelle Allen). Universal Pictures

"Les Miserables" sang its way to the top of the Christmas Day box office.

The musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel earned an estimated $17.5 million in its opening day on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Les Miserables" was also the No. 1 advance ticket-seller among all Christmas Day releases, Deadline added.

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which also had a Christmas debut, came in second with a projected take of $14 million. That makes it the top opening for an R-rated film on Christmas Day, surpassing the $10 million earned in 2002 by "Ali," THR reports.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which ruled the box office last weekend, came in third place with an estimated $10.8 million, while the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy "Parental Guidance" took the fourth-place spot with a projected $6-7 million. That film also had its opening day on Tuesday.

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  • Jessica Derschowitz

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