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.
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...
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)
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