'Django' vs. 'Les Miserables': Which Team Are You On?

Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained, and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables. (Weinstein Company | Universal Pictures)The holidays have brought us a very unlikely, very awesome box office battle by way of the neck-and-neck rivalry of Django Unchained and Les Miserables. Let us know which team you're on in the poll below. Also, 2012 closed strong with a three-way race at the theaters capping off a record-setting $10.8 billion year. Details below, along with the trailer for Noomi Rapace's next movie.

Epic Holiday Box Office Battle
Despite being oh-so-different movies, Django Unchained and Les Miserables have both proven controversial (Slavery! Extreme Closeups!), and by appealing to wildly separate audiences the two were able to turn their coinciding Christmas day releases into the funnest box office battle of the year.

Poll: Are you Team Django or Team Miserables?
Click to vote:
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
and Les Mis are currently running neck-and-neck for ticket sales. Les Mis won Christmas day while Django outdid its unlikely rival over its first weekend, and Les Mis has taken in just $3.5 million more than Tarantino's latest overall. Django has proven a critical darling, while reviews have been less kind to Tom Hooper's vision for the adaptation of one of the biggest musicals ever made. Both have built-in audiences with Les Mis' cadre of theater geeks making Quentin Tarantino's devotees seeming, in an odd twist, the less threatening of the two. And both can be uncomfortable to watch with Jamie Foxx's upside down six-shooter (euphemism!) being probably just a little more squirm-inducing than watching Anne Hathaway's emaciated face sob through "I Dreamed a Dream" in one of those aforementioned extreme closeups.

So pick a side everybody! Are you Team Django, or Team Miserables?

Noomi Rapace Wants Revenge... Again
Three years after her breakout role as the vengeful Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace is reteaming with her Millenium Trilogy director for Dead Man Down. This time she'll play a woman who blackmails a professional killer played by Colin Farrell into helping her get revenge on the man who maimed her. Much stylized violence ensues.

Weekend Box Office: The Hobbit Sits Tight
With two major new releases (Django Unchained, and Les Miserables) duking it out for both dollars and Oscar nominations, The Hobbit's furry feet still stood at the top this weekend. The first installment of Peter Jackson's new trilogy brought in $33 million domestically, boosting its global box office take to $687 million. The three-way box office race led to a big weekend overall for movies, pushing ticket sales for the year to just under $10.8 billion, which sets a new record despite the decline of box office-boosting 3D releases.

Attendance for the year was up 5.6 percent, the biggest single-year jump in a decade, and that's thanks in large part to holiday season releases that outperformed their summer counterparts. But don't read too deeply into that detail because blockbusters were such a big deal this year that just five films, all of them franchise features, accounted for nearly half ($4.99 billion) of the year's total box office: The Avengers; The Dark Knight Rises; Skyfall; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2; and The Hunger Games.

Movie Weekend Total
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
$33M $223M
2. Django Unchained
$30.5M $64M
3. Les Miserables
$28M $67.5M
4. Parental Guidance
$15M $29.5M
5. Jack Reacher
$14M $44.5M
6. This Is 40
$13M $37M
7. Lincoln
$7.5M $132M
8. The Guilt Trip
$6.5M $21M
9. Monsters, Inc. (3D)
$6.5M $18.5M
10. Rise of the Guardians
$5M $90M

This Is How Studios Were Faking Locations in 1927
We don't really have a recent tie-in for running this 1927 Paramount Studios location scouting map except that we came acoss it at cinemablend.com this morning and thought it was pretty awesome. In case it needs a little more explanation, this labels the different areas of California the studio was using to fake locations around the world. It was published in The American Film Industry in 1976.

(From The American Film Industry, 1976)
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