Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took in $9.45 million on New Year's Day to lead the daily box office once again on Tuesday. The Peter Jackson directed 3D fantasy film increased 37 percent over its New Year's Eve performance on Monday and fell 16 percent from its Christmas Day performance last Tuesday. Thanks to help from the holidays and very good word of mouth, The Hobbit has stabilized nicely in the days following its sharp second weekend decline. The Hobbit has grossed $238.00 million domestically through 19 days of release. That places the film 15.5 percent ahead of the $206.13 million 19-day take of 2007's I Am Legend and 9 percent behind the $261.03 million 19-day gross of 2002's The Two Towers.
After taking a hit on New Year's Eve, Django Unchained bounced back nicely on Tuesday with a second place take of $9.23 million. The Quentin Tarantino directed western from The Weinstein Company was up a strong 79 percent and one spot over Monday, which easily represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Django Unchained grossed $77.83 million in its first eight days of release and appears as though it still has a lengthy run ahead of it based on its strong early holding power thus far. Django Unchained is currently running 40 percent stronger than the $55.62 million eight-day start of 2010's True Grit and 31 percent stronger than the $59.56 million eight-day take of 2009's Inglourious Basterds.
After moving back into second place on Monday, Universal's Les Misérables returned to third place on Tuesday with $7.61 million. The Tom Hooper directed musical increased 22 percent over Monday. Les Misérables has grossed $80.58 million through eight days of release, giving it a slim $2.75 million lead over Django Unchained thus far (though it should also be noted that Les Misérables is the less expensive of the two films). Les Misérables is currently running 99 percent ahead of the $40.50 million grossed by 2006's Dreamgirls during its first eight days of semi-wide release.