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“Les Miserables” Wins Christmas Day Box Office

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Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen) holds on tight to Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) in a scene from "Les Miserables." (credit: Universal Studios)

Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen) holds on tight to Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) in a scene from “Les Miserables.” (credit: Universal Studios)

“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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