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Les Mis on course to become highest-grossing musical in North American box-office history

North American audiences cannot get enough of Empty Chairs, Empty Tables. And I'm not talking about the result of a visit from a chainsaw-wielding maniac, more of which in a minute. No, I refer to a neat little record established over the weekend by Les Misérables, the latest hit from the UK's super-producers Working Title.

On Sunday the stage adaptation became the fastest musical in North American box office history to cross $100m after accomplishing the feat in a mere 13 days. By comparison it took Chicago 65 days to cross $100m (although that movie opened in a limited number of theatres) while Mamma Mia! did it in 23. Les Mis is closing in on $100m outside North America too and should breast the $200m worldwide box office line within days.

This is some achievement. Musicals are a notoriously risky »

- Jeremy Kay

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