Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine (l-r) in scene from movie "Les Miserables", Universal Pictures image
By Scott Bowles
Two Christmas Day openers enjoyed a good holiday as Les Misérables and Django Unchained scored strong opening days.
The musical, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, took in a healthy $18.1 million, according to studio estimates.
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Django, Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western, also enjoyed a holiday bounty, raking in $15 million.
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The strong starts could help both movies with awards momentum, which can build quickly after a healthy debut with the public.
Both films claimed spots in the record books as Les Misérables and Django Unchained scored the second- and third-highest Christmas Day openings on record, respectively.
Sherlock Holmes holds the all-time record; it collected $24.6 million on Christmas Day 2009.