BOX OFFICE: Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED Takes The #2 Spot In North America

Despite being surrounded by a fair bit of controversy (mainly due to the use of the "n" word over 100 times), Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained still took the North American box office by storm on Christmas Day! Hit the jump for the latest figures.

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By Josh Wilding - 12/26/2012

Les Miserables may have taken the #1 spot, but Django Unchained (the screenplay of which has been adapted into a comic book by DC) had little trouble in nabbing second position when both movies opened in North America yesterday. While Tom Hooper's take on the iconic musical is thought to have earned around $18 million, Django actually over-performed with a still impressive $14 million. With an 'A-' CinemaScore from moviegoers, it is also thought that the film set a new record for an R-Rated Christmas Day opening. Sitting comfortably in third place meanwhile was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. With another $10.8 million yesterday, Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth now has a domestic cume of just under $168 million. Stay tuned for further updates. Which of these films (if any) did you decide to check out? Read my 5* review HERE.






Set in the South two years before the Civil War, "Django Unchained" stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival...


STARRING:

Jamie Foxx as Django
Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie
Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz
Kerry Washington as Broomhilda
Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen
Laura Cayouette as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly
Dennis Christopher as Leonide Moguy
Don Johnson as Spencer 'Big Daddy' Bennett
M.C. Gainey as Big John Brittle
Tom Savini as Tracker Cheney
Anthony LaPaglia as Jano
James Remar as Ace Speck
Walton Goggins as Billy Crash
Tom Wopat as Marshall Gill Tatum
Misty Upham as Minnie

RELEASE DATE: 25th December, 2012 (US) January 18th, 2013 (UK)


Source: Deadline
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DrRockso - 12/26/2012, 4:36 AM
I must confess to outing my racist self the through snickering every time the N word was uttered. My only complaint would be the under usage of Boyd Crowder.
Kingdork - 12/26/2012, 4:40 AM
@DrRockso - Are you saying that you s[racial slur]ed every time you heard the N-word?
AbeVigoda - 12/26/2012, 5:28 AM
Jamie Foxx ruined this movie for me. I literally can't stand the guy, and he was by far the weak link here. All the supporting cast had memorable and unique performances, like Leo, Waltz and Jackson, while Foxx just had a fake "hard ass" look on his face 90% of the time and didn't say anything interesting. He was the hero of the movie, but I found myself not even caring about him at all.

I will see it again next week and give it another chance, but I thought Foxx sucked big time.
Shadowelfz - 12/26/2012, 6:14 AM
Man Spike Lee is an idiot. He's hating on the movie because he doesnt think slavery shold be used in a western, yet all westerns take place just before, during and after slavery. It's kind of hard to ignore since its such a horrible and important part of America.

Besides this is a movie where a black man kills a bunch of white slave owners to save his wife. Sounds like his kind of movie to me. Dude needs to learn when to chill the [frick] out.

Tarintino is awesome and this movie looks great.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/26/2012, 6:16 AM
lmbo at tarantino making movies just to drop "[racial slur]s" in all of them, mother[frick]er wouldn't dare try it with us Jews, dropping "kikes" like it was cookies.

Good movie though B+
Wildaniel - 12/26/2012, 6:18 AM
I watched Les Miserables yesterday, lol. But it was really good.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/26/2012, 6:48 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^EXACTLY!!!!!
Maximus101 - 12/26/2012, 6:56 AM
Dc strikes again! Going to see this today, I heard good things from friends.
LAXtremest - 12/26/2012, 7:25 AM
How has DC struck again? They turned this movie into a comic right?
Fabius - 12/26/2012, 7:53 AM
The "n" word in Django like "nazi" ?...Never heard this word in the movie.

By the way, I give an advice for both of you : Let's go see "les misérables" pretty cute, charming, beautifull movie about my great France country.
Merci.Thanks.
snazzyrazzy - 12/26/2012, 7:56 AM
I saw the movie last night with my African-American brothers-in-law (I'm white) and I went in knowing that it was an "n-word" fest. I was expecting it to be uncomfortable, but Tarantino did a fine job of just showing that it was all part of the culture back then. Nobody got offended by the word back then because that's just how they referred to them!

Overall, it was a fantastic movie. I'm still trying to figure out if it was what I expected or not. A lot of the movie wasn't shown in the previews and the feel of the movie is unlike any I've ever seen.

Also, the scene where the white guys are arguing on whether to wear bags or not is the funniest scene from anything that I've seen in a long time!

Go see Django Unchained!!
DoubleD - 12/26/2012, 8:38 AM
Nothing special or new. The N word was over used. I kept waiting for something that would make go "WOW" but it never came. I found myself geting bored and could't wait for it to end. I guess I was over hyped based on all the reviews. This movie is over rated.
ScabbyJ - 12/26/2012, 8:58 AM
Yeah, I saw Les Miserable yesterday and could stand the job the film&editing team did. With that said however, having not seen the musical before, it is HIGHLY memorable.

I'll be seeing Django Unchained at 11. Didn't see it yesterday cuz the word "[racial slur]" and violence don't seem to fit the age 10-59 family Christmas Spirit.
ScabbyJ - 12/26/2012, 8:59 AM
Wow, not even if I used it with an A huh?
ScabbyJ - 12/26/2012, 9:00 AM
I'm sorry "couldn't stand the filming and editing job".
DoubleD - 12/26/2012, 9:09 AM
OFFICAL REVIEW: Started off keeping my interest but after about an hour into the movie I found myself getting bored. By two hours, I found myself wanting it to end. There is nothing new here except for the number of thimes they used the N word. "Blood" seen other movie's with more. Fox could have been better and found myself more interested in the other characters. Not that action packed except for a few moments. DiCaprio saved the movie for me. Samual Jackson's character made no sense to me and was not needed.
OtakuPapi - 12/26/2012, 9:15 AM
I can honestly say that and it feels like blasphemy but it may have been the best action movie i've seen this year.It was surprisingly good, with it clocking in at almost 3 hours, it really didnt feel like it! I had to pee the entire time but refused to get us, on top of it being an action western it was funny af. But maybe i just enjoyed the movie because im Afro American, but it was an excellent Tarantino flick i def didnt feel like i wasted any money. Why do people keep bringing up the n word but they listen to rap music, what kind of sense does that make? At least the movie is historical accurate. Rappers just blatantly use it to use it
OtakuPapi - 12/26/2012, 9:19 AM
btw the KKK hood/bag argument was hilarious.If you see it the movie will make you laugh a whole lot more than you expect great western
DoubleD - 12/26/2012, 9:23 AM
How can anyone call this and action movie. This movie had about 20 minutes of action. Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Gun Fight, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Gun Fight, Talk Talk, Talk, Talk. Gun fight's are one shot and the action is over. Except for the one main shoot out, there was noting but talking and calling everyone a N_ gg_ r
gmckoy - 12/26/2012, 10:26 AM
@doubled

must agree fully with you, there was no WOW in this movie, inglorious was superb, this was average imo, pushing mediocre on certain parts, the kkk part was boring, richard pryor's kkk scene is a good example of great writing, qt failed on this one imo opinion..

the last really good western i saw was true grit
gmckoy - 12/26/2012, 10:30 AM
@nomis

i understand what hes trying to play on but it takes away from a movie having excellent dialogue to using it to get through the flick

the flick was average
permaturenut - 12/26/2012, 11:37 AM
@everyone who didnt seem to see the same movie i saw - this movie was f%^&ing awesome, from beginning to end; never once was i bored but excited and laughing at every turn and wanting more and more - but i am a black guy and my taste is different from most ppl - i personally thought this was tarentino's best or one of his best works ever - hands down, i really had the best time on christmas day! - every actor in the movie was the sh&t
blkyank - 12/26/2012, 1:19 PM
@OtakuPapi

You think "Django" was historically accurate? Pick up a book son.

The only way it was accurate was in the way the "N-word" was thrown around as a means of dehumanizing blacks.Otherwise the history was all over the place.

What is funny is that had a filmmaker taken such license with a comic book movie
vs a historical period in American history, many of the same nerds on this site who praise Tarantino for historical accuracy (when there is none) would be blasting another director(Bryan Singer for example) for not sticking to the source material and raping their childhood with a frickin X-Men movie.

Artistic license be damed when it comes to a beloved comic book property, but guys like Spike Lee need to get over themselves when it comes to presenting something that really happened (slavery)as hip and funny

In this case,Spike Lee is thought of as a dick for pointing out (in his opinion) that Tarantino has effectively raped the cultural memory of slavery for shock value and laughs.

Some examples of straying from the "Source material"

1: Everybody has repeating rifles when that technology was not invented till the Civil war (around 1862)

2: No black powder weapons (muskets,revolvers) were used.Instead,everybody is using postwar (1870's) weapons.

The whole "masked riders" skit was funny but totally inaccurate.A white mob wouldn't need masks to hunt down a black guy before the Civil war because it was legal.

Anybody who wants to bring up the whole "They were bounty hunters" as an excuse why the riders wore masks should remember that Bounty hunters and the whole wanted dead or alive thing did not come about until 1872 under federal law after the Civil War (Passed to placate former slave owners) that limited the ability of the US Army to conduct law enforcement (protecting former slaves)in the south.

An exception was made for bondsmen to go after bail jumpers across state lines,without warrants.That is how Bounty Hunters came into being.

Django and his German mentor would have been hunted down just for the fact that a black man, free or not, was involved in killing white men.

That would have been seen as inciting the slave population to rise up against their masters. A big No.No.

That whole " I got a signed writ from a Federal Judge" would have amounted to sh.t in the south before the Civil War.That was the whole deal of why the war was fought in the first place.Namely, the limits of Federal Power over the States regarding slavery and other things.

There is another film on the slave era in theaters now that was able to get across
the fact that America was a far more racist society back then then now.

Its called Lincoln and it made its point without shock value because Spielberg was trying to tell a story while Tarantino is going for headlines.

Once you get past the fact that Tarantino is not trying to be historically accurate and is only going for shock value, it is easy to enjoy "Django" (Which I did) as the
Pardon,"black comedy" it is.

I wasn't thinking "The Good,The Bad and The Ugly" I was thinking "Blazing Saddles" especially the " N..... on a horse scene early in the film.

Spock - 12/26/2012, 1:20 PM
Hey CBM'ers--Mixed Spock here (white, black, & Cherokee). The use of the N-word wasn't a gimmick, it puts presence in how it was used back then. Some of the events were more than likely true. Sweat boxes, dog eating slaves, use of the N word constantly, House slave (which I would of been). Point is it a movie Quentin style. It was a good movie none the less.
CBArtist - 12/26/2012, 2:30 PM
The original Django films were far better. Tarentino butchered this storyline, just to give it some racial sidestory.
blkyank - 12/26/2012, 3:10 PM
@Spock

Sorry friend but I have to disagree with you on the Use of the "N-word" as simply a means to put presence in how it was used back then and not a gimmick.

It was totally a gimmick which is the whole point of "Quentin style"

When Tarantino did his dead n..... storage monologe in PULP FICTION was it to put presence in how the word was used in 1990's America?

F..k no,it was funny as sh.t because Tarantino knows how uncomfortable that word makes people feel.

The joke was how a white character (married to a black woman btw) could be so at ease dropping the "N-bomb" in front of a black man (Jackson) with no expectation of a negative reaction.

The point from "Django" is not that the "N-word" was acceptable in that era, it is that that word still has the power to make people uneasy in this day.

Tarantino knows this and is using the excuse of the film's era to poke a hornets nest with a stick by using every chance to put the word in the audiences face.

He is making a point about the long painful interlocking history of black and white America that is still effecting this country in politics,sports and pop culture.

Just like PULP FICTION Tarantino is also letting us know he is on the side of black people by having his character in that film (FICTION)be married to a black woman, hence he is not racist,but in fact so cool with black people that he can use the term the same way it is sometimes used among black people.

Tarantino can use the word in "Django" because every white person who used that word SPOILER,SPOILER gets killed in over the top bloody fashion.

That way it was ok because "justice" is served and the good guy wins in the end.
blkyank - 12/26/2012, 8:17 PM
@TheCrisisKing

Please reread my post before accussing me of "Complaining" about the use the use of the "N-word"

That way you can avoid coming off like an azz.

I was just making an observation about the film making choices Tarantino has made and his use of the 'N-word"
for shock value.

I was not refering to the use of that word as "Uneasy" for me.

I stated that once you get past the fact that Tarantino is not going for historical accuracy but shock value it was easy to enjoy the film.

I also refered to the use of that Word in FICTION as "funny as sh.t"

Put the soap box away.

ScabbyJ - 12/26/2012, 8:43 PM
Here's what I just texted a friend:
My girlfriend and I loved it. It's almost comical how violent the gun fights are, and there are two scenes in particular that are downright disturbing and left the audience in an awkward silence, but they are not simply for shock value, but serve for very very impactful character development. Tarantino gives the right amount of breathing room between the slurs, the outrageous action and superbly written comedy. Samuel L Jackson is hardly recognizable in his character and Dicaprio transforms himself into a villain you absolutely loathe, but commands your undivided attention every time you see him. To think that he method acted on set leads me to believe that Foxx would have been justified, should he have punched him in the face once the camera was turned off. Foxx has the least amount of development as he goes from badass slave to even more badass gunslinger who can now read. All in all, it has to be Tarantino's funniest film, but also to that end, most violent and with all that said, Don Johnson has some of the funniest scenes in the entire film, however brief they are. A roller coaster ride of a movie that may not win any oscars, but more than deserves every nomination it gets. Very well balanced, and don't get me started on the sound design. For an audio geek, it's heaven! I give it a solid A grade.
IamJacksCompleteLackofSuprise - 12/26/2012, 10:59 PM
@OtakuPapi To be fair almost every western made, even the ones that take place pre-civil war, use cartridge converted pistols due to safety issues etc when firing blanks. Although for close ups and other times when the gun is holstered they will have the percussion cylinder set up. The pistols that Django and Schultz had were historically accurate for the time. Django carried an 1851 Navy while Dr Schultz carried an 1858 New Army... Anyways I loved the film and might even be my favorite from Tarantino
IamJacksCompleteLackofSuprise - 12/26/2012, 11:01 PM
Oh fun fact: Django carried the same gun as Blondie (Clint Eastwood)did in spaghetti western classic TGTBTU
IamJacksCompleteLackofSuprise - 12/26/2012, 11:14 PM
Sorry my comment was meant for @blkyank in reference to the historical accuracy thing
kakinurmawth - 12/27/2012, 12:15 AM
Cmon people. If this movie was degrading to black people Jamie Foxx wouldn't have done it.
NubaX - 12/27/2012, 11:02 AM
You know whats funny???

You two guys arguing about Race and Racial slurs are both probably WHITE GUYS!

LMAO!

I see this too often.

Multiple WHITE GUYS arguing with each other about race not knowing that the other is white untill later in the conversation.

Mean while a REAL Black Man like me just sits back and LAUGHS HIS A$$ OFF at this cus its pure Entertainment...

LMAO!

XD

OH MAN this is sum funny Chit!!!

Got me cracking up cus you all seem to be so Angry and its like why? You don't really even know how we feel just assuming chit.

lol!

:D

Whatever... I need to check this movie out.

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