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Far from mis ... Anne Hathaway, left, Oscar nominated for best supporting actress, and Hugh Jackman, nominated for best actor, at the nominations. Photograph: John Shearer/John Shearer/Invision/AP

Far from mis … Anne Hathaway, left, Oscar nominated for best supporting actress, and Hugh Jackman, nominated for best actor, at the nominations. Photograph: John Shearer/John Shearer/Invision/AP

With a reasonable drop of 31%, Les Misérables retains the top spot for a fourth straight week, and has now delivered a cumulative total of £30.14m. Tom Hooper‘s musical is the first release of 2013 to pass the £30m milestone. Last year, an impressive seven films achieved the tally: Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Avengers Assemble, the final Twilight, Ted and Ice Age 4. The Hobbit was the only 2012 release to manage four consecutive weeks at the top spot – Skyfall’s four weekend wins were non-consecutive – so backers Universal will be happy that its film has already managed this impressive feat.

Projecting the final gross of Les Misérables remains a challenge. Mamma Mia had reached £32.1m at the same point of its run, and exceptional word of mouth powered it to a total above £69m – beating Titanic to become, at the time, the biggest UK box-office hit ever. Hooper’s The King’s Speech stood at £24.91m after four weekends of play, with big Bafta and Oscar wins then powering it to a tally north of £45m. Hardly anyone would imagine that Les Misérables has the same legs, given average drops over the past three weeks of 29%. A total in the high 30s (£m) looks more plausibly on the cards, and maybe £40m-plus with some juicy awards wins.

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