27 December 2012 1:18 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After great openings days on Tuesday, both "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" fell 33% on Wednesday, with the result that the order of the top three films shifted from Christmas Day. "The Hobbit," up slightly from Tuesday, edged out "Django" by a clear margin, while falling about $1 million behind "Les Miserables." All three films though are showing great strength early in the holiday week. The 12 days of Christmas are full of daily presents for those who watch movie box office carefully. Every day from December 25 through January 1 is a Saturday in terms of attendance and interest. But even more exciting, the results can shift day by day, as different audiences come out at certain times, and as word of mouth (more of a factor this time of year for a wider variety of movies than any other) spreads. The top three films all are performing very well, but beyond them, weakness is apparent. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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