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The first day of 2013 saw grosses for the top 10 films rise about $3 million - better than 6% - above New Year's 2012. The top 10 stayed the same as for the weekend, with the order finally stabilizing after much shifting, particularly in the top 3. But the film that looks strongest going forward could be "Django Unchained," which was edged out by "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by a narrow margin - $9.2 million to Peter Jackson's film's $9.4, with "Les Miserables" coming in third at a still strong $7.6 million for the day. The results were significanty different from Christmas Day, when opening day interest sparked "Les Miserables" and "Django" to a top two position. But the results a week later are significantly different. "Django" did about 60% of its initial gross, while "Les Miserables," likely aided by a huge fanbase that wanted to see it immediately, only did 40% of its first day. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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