26 December 2012 2:15 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As expected, the 2012 Holiday movies audiences were really excited for came out on Christmas Day, not the weekend before: Les Miserables and Django Unchained both got off to fantastic starts on the holiday, while Parental Guidance had a very solid debut as well.Les Miserables led all movies with $18.1 million, which is the top opening day ever for a musical ahead of High School Musical 3: Senior Year ($17 million). It also ranks as the second-highest Christmas Day launch behind Sherlock Holmes ($24.6 million), and fourth among all Christmas Day grosses behind Sherlock, Avatar ($23.1 million) and Meet the Fockers ($19.5 million). All three of those movies ultimately went on to earn over $200 million at the domestic box office. Les Miserables's audience skewed a bit female (56 percent), and gave it a great "A" CinemaScore.In second place, Django Unchained debuted to just over $15 million. That's fifth all-time for Christmas Day (third among debuts), and »

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