Given the huge popularity of the long-running London stage show, commercial expectations were always high for the film adaptation of Les Misérables. But a UK opening of £8.13m is certainly at the top end of the range of industry forecasts. The previous best debut for a movie musical stood at £6.59m – for Mamma Mia! – but that tally included previews of £1.38m; over the comparative Friday-Sunday period it earned just £5.21m. Les Misérables is an impressive 56% ahead of Mamma Mia! pace. Backers Universal also announced the film as the biggest opening for a January release, beating 2005's Meet the Fockers. The King's Speech, Les Misérables director Tom Hooper's previous film, debuted exactly two years ago with £3.52m (including £227,000 in previews).
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