“Texas Chainsaw 3D” leading the weekend Box Office!

The latest in the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise brought in $10.2 million on Friday across 2,654 theaters. THR reports that this total puts “Texas Chainsaw 3D” on pace for a weekend gross in the range of $21 million to $25 million. With an estimated budget of $8 million, the film will be profitable for Lionsgat

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” made $6.1 million on Friday, which THR projects will give it a $19.5 million weekend. The film has made a total of $92.4 million since its Dec. 25 release. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took the number three spot. The epic made $5.2 million across 3,755 theaters on Friday. The film has now reached a total gross of $251.5 million.

“Les Miserables” and “Parental Guidance” took the number four and five spots on Friday, respectively. The film adaptation of “Les Miserables” made $4.9 million across 2,904 theaters. To date, the film has grossed $92.3 million. Bette Midler’s “Parental Guidance” brought in $3.1 million for a total of $45.7 million.

Les Miserables and Django Unchained storm U.S. box office as they rake in $34m in just ONE day!

Two films that are at contrasting ends of the movie spectrum have taken the US box office by storm.

Musical Les Miserables and spaghetti western Django Unchained took a combined total of nearly $34million in just one day.

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

Box office hit: Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, hauled nearly $15 million for The Weinstein Company.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway’s star power also helped to set a new record for a movie-musical opening day. Disney blockbuster High School Musical 3 previously held the record.

The strong Christmas-day box office performance by Les Miserables and Django Unchained put Hollywood on pace to set an all-time box office record with $10.8 billion in annual revenue.

Fan favourite: Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian said studios ‘are definitely on the road to a record year with $10.8 billion expected (up 6 percent over last year and beating the previous record of $10.6 billion in 2009).’

He added that the number of tickets sold should climb 6 percent from 2011 to 1.36 billion.

Dergarabedian credits a successful marketing year for studios as a chief reason for the projected box-office record, as well as spring and summer smashes The Hunger Games and The Avengers helping boost revenue.

‘It was not just the fact that most of the movies delivered, it was the timing of their release dates and the marketing was obviously effective as well with social media continuing to provide an outlet for the movie-going peer group to talk about their favorite flicks,’ Dergarabedian said.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, based on the J.R.R. Tolkein classic fantasy novel, brought in $11.4 million on Christmas day after ruling the box office with nearly $37 million in sales over the weekend.

Billy Crystal family comedy Parental Guidance debuted in fourth place with about $6.4 million in Christmas sales while Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher, which featured author Lee Child’s character in an investigation into a sniper shooting, was fifth with $5.3 million.

While Les Mis may be hotly tipped for Oscar glory, Django has been critisiced by several African Americans.

‘The Hobbit’ Tops the Weekend Box Office!

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took an expected turn at the box office, setting a new record as the biggest December opening of all time.

The movie, from Time Warner Inc. Warner Bros. Pictures, earned $84.8 million in North America in its first weekend in theaters, allowing it to eclipse the previous December record-holder, “I Am Legend,” which earned $77.2 million when it opened in 2007.

The opening-weekend haul for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which cost more than $200 million to produce, also surpassed that of any film in director Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The biggest domestic opening weekend for that series stands with the final installment, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which earned $72.6 million when it opened in 2003.

Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman said the studio sensed both risk and opportunity in releasing the first film in “The Hobbit” trilogy a week earlier in the calendar than it had released any of “The Lord of the Rings” films.

“It puts a little pressure on the movie because you’re leading with your chin, being out there quite a bit before the holidays, but we had seen the film and had confidence in Peter and felt we could put it out there,” Mr. Fellman said.

“This weekend we were stymied [because] schools are in session…so to come in with this kind of a record-breaking number is really exciting for us. Knowing that the holiday is in front of us, we’re going to be in for a long and successful run,” he said.

Mr. Fellman added that the massive opening proves that in addition to attracting “The Lord of the Rings” fan based, the movie has enticed “a new generation of Middle Earth people.”

Skyfall wins weekend Box Office

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in “Skyfall.” (Francois Duhamel)New releases underperformed at the box office over the weekend. “Playing for Keeps,” the rom-com with Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler, ranked only sixth for the weekend, while “Skyfall” and “Rise of the Guardians” — which have both been in theaters for several weeks already — battled for first place.

Ultimately, “Skyfall,” prevailed, earning $11 million, while “Rise of the Guardians” earned $10.5 million. “Skyfall” has now grossed $261.6 million after five weeks in theaters.

Here are the top ten movies at the box office :

1. “Skyfall,” $11 million

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $10.5 million

3. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” $9.2 million

4. “Lincoln,” $9.1 million

5. “Life of Pi,” $8.3 million

6. “Playing for Keeps,” $6 million

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $4.9 million

8. “Red Dawn,” $4.3 million

9. “Flight,” $3.1 million

10. “Killing Them Softly,” $2.7 million

‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ Tops US Box Office For A Second Week!

The final instalment of the ‘Twilight Saga’, ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson has topped the US box office for the second weekend in a row during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The teen vampire flick brought in a massive $64 million from November 21st to 25th adding to the $163 million already grossed by the popular movie in the States. It certainly helped the box office break their Thanksgiving takings record with an estimated $290 million beating their previous record from 2009 of $273 million over the course of the American holiday.

Coming in second place at the box office was the most successful James Bond movie so far, ‘Skyfall’, which brought in $51 million over the weekend totaling $221.7 million altogether for the US. The immense success of the film has made 007 star Daniel Craig the highest earning British actor after signing a £31 million contract to appear in two further Bond films.

Third in the box office was Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ biopic starring Daniel Day Lewis which took in $34.1 million during Thanksgiving and almost doubled its US takings altogether. Against predictions, DreamWorks’ ‘Rise of the Guardians’ came fourth with $32.6 million and Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ was number five with $30.1 million.