By Scott Bowles
USA Today

Two Christmas Day openers enjoyed a good holiday as Les MisérablesandDjango Unchainedscored 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 asLes MisérablesandDjango Unchainedscored the second- and third-highest Christmas Day openings on record, respectively.

Sherlock Holmesholds the all-time record; it collected $24.6 million on Christmas Day 2009.