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Weather or not … Russell Crowe and company led the charge as Les Misérables rallied at the UK box office. Photograph: Allstar/Universal Pictures/Sportsphoto Ltd

Weather or not … Russell Crowe and company led the charge as Les Misérables rallied at the UK box office. Photograph: Allstar/Universal Pictures/Sportsphoto Ltd

Les Misérables opened spectacularly a couple of weekends ago with £8.13m, then suffered a hefty 46% drop on its second frame when blankets of snow discouraged cinemagoing across the country. For round three, would the stage musical adaptation rally its forces to man the box-office barricades, or crumble?

To the presumed delight of backers Universal and other interested parties, Tom Hooper‘s all-singing extravaganza has held up just fine, with a very modest 9% drop, for third-weekend takings of £4.01m, and a cume of £24.61m. Only four films released last year – Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – managed three consecutive frames at £4m-plus, and all of them went on to achieve box office in excess of £50m.

Over the past week, Les Misérables has overtaken both Moulin Rouge (£18.5m) and High School Musical 3 (£22.8m), to become the second biggest musical in UK box office history, after Mamma Mia! (£69.2m). Les Mis isn’t the only film posting a strong hold in comparison to the previous, snowy, frame. Life of Pi and The Impossible both fell just 8%, Django Unchained dipped a reasonable 14%, and The Hobbit 18%. Monsters, Inc 3D did best of all, with a 3% rise.

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