Les Miserables isn’t miserable at the box office at all!
Tom Hooper’s big-screen retelling of the musical based on the Victor Hugo masterpiece was the winner at the Christmas Day box office, raking in $18.2 million dollars. It isn’t only the biggest opening for a musical, it’s also the biggest weekday Christmas Day opening ever.
Les Miserables the movie stars Hugh Jackman as former bread thief and former prisoner Jean Valjean who is determined to redeem himself from his past mistakes. He is on the run from Inspector Javert, a police officer played by Russell Crowe who is, in turn, determined to put him back to prison. Anne Hathaway plays Fantine, the doomed prostitute Jean Valjean vows to help on his road to redemption. Fantine’s good-natured daughter, Cosette, is played by Amanda Seyfried. Eddie Redmayne stars as young revolutionary Marius, Cosette’s love interest.
Les Miserables features stars singing live as the scenes are shot. It’s a musical extravaganza with little spoken dialogue. An A-list cast, a powerful epic, and the classic appeal of the story contributed to the success of the film.
The box office receipts are still coming in. And no doubt, Les Miserables will continue to dominate theaters in days to come.