The R-rated spaghetti western from writer-director Quentin Tarantino is a genuine beast at the box office. After just 3 weeks in theaters (all on top) the international take of Django Unchained already eclipsed the film’s North American gross. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel moved up a spot.
Django is really unchained at the box office, this time with a $30.2 million weekend, enough to push the flick as high as $158.2 million. Worldwide Django Unchained has amassed $309.8 million and based on its really strong legs so far, I’d say $400 million looks like a done deal. That’s great for just about any genre, but for a western it’s damn outstanding.
In 2nd Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters got $16.6 million which brings its total to around $62.2 million internationally. The delayed R-rated actioner has doubled its $50 million budget worldwide, all in 3 weeks (2 in North America). By the end of its run, Hansel and Gretel should move at least $200 million worldwide. Like it or not, it’s halfway there now.
Lincoln was 3rd, surprisingly strong with $13.2 million. Now don’t get me wrong, from 43 markets, $13.2 million ain’t exactly breaking records, but one must first take into consideration the very limited international appeal of a movie about a US president. Yes, even one as popular as Mr. Abraham Lincoln. So far the 16th president of the United States biopic has $32.5 million internationally and $203.7 million worldwide, which makes Lincoln by far the highest grossing president biopic of all time (not that there was much competition).
Les Miserables rounds out the top 5 at $11.4 million. The $61 million (hard to believe) period musical made $198.4 million internationally and a total of $340.3 million worldwide. Among past musicals, Les Miserables ranks 3rd all-time (by the time you read this it will have beaten Enchanted and its $340.4 million) and it could potentially go as high as 2nd place (Grease finished with $394.9 million but Mamma Mia at $609.8 million is ridiculously out of reach for the #1 spot).