Working Title Films’ musical extravaganza Les Misérables grossed $39.6 million domestically to take the number two slot at the box office and $32.2 million internationally in its first three days of release to gross $71.6M worldwide since it opened on Wednesday (Dec 26).
The film ratched up huge advance ticket sales in the US where it opened number 1 Christmas Day on 2,808 theatres making it the second highest Christmas day opening in history behind 2009’s Sherlock Holmes. ($24.6m).
Internationally, the film is playing in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain, ranking no.1 in Japan amongst Hollywood films where it is dominating the box office with a 50% marketshare and $9.5M to date.
Australia opened Wednesday with $1.9M setting the record as the biggest opening day ever for a musical in the territory (45% higher than previous record holder, Universal’s Mamma Mia!). It was also the biggest opening day ever for a Russell Crowe film and a Working Title production. Its two day plus previews total is $4.5M to take the number 2 spot.
Hungary opened Dec 27th with $38K placing it number 2.
The remaining international territories will release in 2013 including the UK and Ireland on Jan 11.