Fandango reports new ticket sales record on Christmas Day
Even more proof that Christmas Day was far from misérable at the box office: Fandango reports that Tuesday was its best-ever single day for ticket sales, breaking a record set when The Avengers opened on May 4.
“Our record-breaking sales point to a tremendous variety of holiday film choices that are connecting with audiences,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement. A glance at the online broker’s top Christmas Day sellers shows the truth of his words — between box office champ Les Misérables, Django Unchained, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Parental Guidance, and This Is 40, audiences had a wide range of genres to choose between.
Les Mis opened to $18.2 million on Tuesday, giving it the second-best Christmas opening in history. Django Unchained saw similarly big numbers, raking in $15 million total; The Hobbit came in third place with $11.3 million.