held the top spot at the beginning of the final weekend of 2012, though Django Unchained
and Les Miserables
weren't far behind. The first in a planned Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy earned an estimated $10.73 million on Friday, which was actually up seven percent from the same day last week. That pushed its total past $200 million, making it the 11th 2012 movie to reach that level. That ties 2007 for most titles with over $200 million. For the three-day weekend, The Hobbit should wind up with over $30 million. After losing to Les Miserables in its first three days, Django Unchained
finally inched past the musical on Friday; the Quentin Tarantino
revenge western added $9.67 million for a four-day total of $43 million. That's about on par with Inglourious Basterds
's grosses through the same point, and that movie's $120.5 million total looks like a nice target for Django. The movie should wind up between $27 and $30 million for the weekend.