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"Les Miserables" stormed the Christmas Day box office Tuesday, taking in an eye-popping $18.1 million on its first day of release. And Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" wasn't far behind, debuting to $15 million. Universal's star-studded musical and the Weinstein Company's R-rated slave-era Western posted the second- and third-best Christmas openings ever. Also read: 'Django Unchained' vs. 'Les Miserables': Battle of Sexes at the Multiplexes. They trailed only 2009's "Sherlock Holmes," which benefitted from a Friday debut. The "Django" opening is the highest of all time for an R-rated movie on Christmas, easily topping »

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