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article imageChristmas Day at the box office has violence and a musical

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 24, 2012 in Entertainment
Nothing quite screams Christmas like a foul-mouthed, violent movie, and that is a choice if one decides to venture forth to the theaters on Dec. 25.
Opening wide is the latest Quentin Tarantino film, "Django Unchained," and with it comes Oscar buzz and a note from Spike Lee saying he will not see the film. He called the film "disrespectful" and hit Twitter and Vibe to vent.
On Twitter, he quipped: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."
In Vibe: "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors. That's just me... I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else."
Christmas Day
1. "Parental Guidance" - 3,558 theaters
2. "Django Unchained" - 3,010 theaters
3. "Les Miserables" - 2,808 theaters
4. "Silver Linings Playbook" - 745 theaters
5. "West of Memphis" - 5 theaters
After looking at those theaters counts, it seems a bit odd that "Les Miserables" doesn't get in over 3,000 locations. This film has great buzz and with it being released at the end of the year, there in not any reason for a slow award season roll out at this point. Not that 2,808 is slow, but "Django Unchained" gets in more, as does "Parental Guidance." That means the studios may know something about how they think it will do, despite the praise. Is there something telling them to pull back, it may have been over-hyped?
This way, if it doesn't perform as well in the states, they can note the theater count - and then add or pull back later. A gut feeling still has "Les Miserables" as the one to see. If advance ticket sales mean anything in the long run, it should be able to overcome the lower theater count.
One must also factor in the violence of late and see how that will affect "Django." Watch as sides are drawn on that issue, too. It might also be a window into the hearts of Hollywood as they know violence sells and thus, more theaters for this film - on the heels of a tragic event.
Now that the year is wrapping as fast as a last minute Christmas gift, "The Avengers" takes the box office crown with a domestic haul of $623.4 million. Overall, that puts the film in third place, domestically, and worldwide. Its worldwide take is $1.5 billion. Those lists do not always match up, but they do for the top three. The top two are "Avatar" and "Titanic."
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