The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Christmas box-office haul paces Hollywood for record year


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A strong Christmas-day box office performance by musical Les Miserables and western Django Unchained put Hollywood on pace to set an all-time box office record with US$10.8 billion (S$13.2 billion) in annual revenue, box-office tracker said on Wednesday.

Universal Pictures' star-studded Les Miserables took in a weekday Christmas record of US$18.2 million in the United States and Canada when it opened on Tuesday, according to studio estimates of weekday ticket sales.

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, hauled nearly US$15 million for The Weinstein Co.

Studios "are definitely on the road to a record year with US$10.8 billion expected (up 6 per cent over last year and beating the previous record of US$10.6 billion in 2009)," analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Reuters in an email, adding that the number of tickets sold should climb 6 per cent from 2011 to 1.36 billion.