'Django Unchained' Expected to Win Weekend Battle Over 'Les Miserables' But 'The Hobbit' Continues to Rule Them All

Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' prequel crosses the $200 million mark over the holidays as 'Django Unchained' and 'Les Miserables' enjoyed strong holiday weekends, as well.

Nothing could separate The Hobbit from its precious perch atop the box office this weekend, though two Oscar hopefuls made valiant attempts.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped theaters for the third consecutive weekend, doing $32.9 million, according to studio estimates from Hollywood.com.

The first in a trilogy of Lord of the Rings prequels, Hobbit has done $222.7 million since its release Dec. 14.

The weekend also saw a robust battle of the sexes as the musical Les Miserables opened against Quentin Tarantino's graphic spaghetti western Django Unchained on Christmas Day.

If estimates hold Monday, the weekend battle will go to Django, though both movies gained significant momentum in the hunt for Oscar nominations Jan. 10.

Django corralled $30.7 million, bringing its five-day total to $64 million.

Les Miserables, which was dominated by female audiences, did $28 million over the weekend and $67.5 million since Christmas.

The movies are in position for strong runs through the New Year's Day holiday, as both earned strong reviews from critics and fans.

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Scott Bowles
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