Box Office Milestone: 'Les Miserables' Sings Its Way to $300 Million Worldwide
Director Tom Hooper's Les Miserables hit the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office Friday as it continued to rise up the chart of the most successful musicals of all time.
Les Mis, from Universal and Working Title, now has earned $134.3 million in North America and $165.7 million internationally for an even $300 million. Through Sunday, the movie's total should hit $311.9 million, eclipsing the Oscar-winning musical Chicago ($306.8 million).
With an ensemble cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, Les Mis is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor (Jackman) and best supporting actress (Hathaway). Both Jackman and Hathaway won Golden Globe awards earlier this month.
Les Mis currently ranks as the fourth top grossing musical of all time behind fellow Universal pic Mamma Mia! ($609.8 million), Grease ($395 million) and Chicago.
Overseas, Les Mis is a favorite at the U.K. box office, where it has held the No. 1 spot for three weeks in a row for a 15-day cume of $34.1 million, the top gross ever for a Jackman film.
Les Mis has yet to open in 31 countries, including Brazil, Italy and Thailand.