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THE HOBBIT Movie Box Office: $200m Milestone Finally Reached

The Hobbit Movie box office Ian McKellenThe Hobbit movie box office: $200m domestic cume

Fantasy, violence, or music? On Christmas Day, music (Les Misérables) won. Yesterday, fantasy (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and violence (Django Unchained) were – slightly – ahead. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey led the pack with $10.72 million, followed by Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained with $9.67 million and Tom Hooper's Les Misérables with $9.4m. (Image: Ian McKellen The Hobbit movie.)

Of note: the (est.) $150m-budgeted The Hobbit has (finally) passed the $200m milestone at the North American box office; if studio estimates are on target, its cume stands at $200.5 million on Day 15. On a more modest note, but also worth noting, both Les Misérables and Django Unchained will inevitably be passing the $50m mark some time today.

For comparison's sake: Not adjusted for inflation and without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King reached $200m on Day 11; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on Day 12; and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on Day 19.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, and countless others. Django Unchained features Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, and countless others. Les Misérables features Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and countless others.

Parental Guidance ahead of Jack Reacher, but Tom Cruise movie sturdy

At no. 4, the Billy Crystal / Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance brought in $5.05 million, followed by Tom Cruise / Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher with $4.52 million (down only 11 percent from opening day), and Judd Apatow / Paul Rudd / Leslie Mann's This Is 40 with $4.1 million (down only 10 percent from opening day).

Rounding out the top twelve were the following: Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln with $2.39 million, the 3D rerelease (and box office bomb) Monsters, Inc. with $2.28 million, and Barbra Streisand / Seth Rogen's misfire The Guilt Trip with $2.17m.

Plus: Rise of the Guardians with $1.81 million (with a better-than-expected cume of $87.27 million), Daniel Craig / Sam Mendes' Skyfall with $1.48 million, and Bradley Cooper / Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook with $1.28 million – and a modest $24.53 million cume after 43 days. For comparison's sake: The Weinstein Company's most recent Oscar bait, Django Unchained, has collected $42.99 million after four days.

The Impossible box office has upswing

Of note: On opening day a week ago, Juan Antonio Bayona / Naomi Watts' The Impossible brought in $37,726; yesterday, the tsunami family drama collected an estimated $51,700 at the same number of locations (15 theaters). David Chase / James Gandolfini's Not Fade Away took in an estimated $16k yesterday (at 19 locations) vs. $5k (at 3 locations) one week ago. Figures for the Walter Salles / Garrett Hedlund / Kristen Stewart drama On the Road are unavailable, but there's a good chance that, like The Impossible, it'll perform better this weekend than it did a week ago.

Now, somewhat surprisingly – as the torture controversy rages on – Kathryn Bigelow / Jessica Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty was down 18 percent compared to last Friday, at the same number of locations (5): an estimated $115k vs. $94k. After ten days, Zero Dark Thirty has raked in $1.14m.

Ian McKellen The Hobbit movie photo: Warner Bros.

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