30 December 2012 1:36 AM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Sunday 1:30 Am, 2Nd Update: It’s a big holiday weekend, up from last year. Full analysis later today as the holiday box office reveals blockbuster successes and epic fails. For now MGM/New Line/Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey crossed $200M domestic in 15 nights Friday on its way to $225M. Overseas, Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth epic playing in 62 territories has an international cume of roughly $400M going into Sunday. That’s about $600M worldwide and still climbing. Surprisingly, Working Title/Universal’s Les Misérables placed behind Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Django Unchained from The Weinstein Company, quite a feat for an R-rated pic. ”We are having a really big day on Django!” a TWC exec gushes to me Saturday. “From what I can tell, it looks like we will be very close to Hobbit.” Yowza! Meanwhile, Tom Hooper’s musical slips to #3 but crossed $100 million worldwide Saturday in 9 days. »

- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief

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