A sleigh ride of $15.5 million comes to a holiday’s landing for Quentin Tarrantino’s all-new action-revenge film “Django Unchained” on its Christmas Day opener nationwide.
Sony’s movie gone one transmedia step into a comics miniseries – by powerhouse DC Comics – had a premiere release that came in one slot behind Les Miserable. The publishing home of the Man of Steel and Dark Knight printed the first issue of “Django Unchained” a week prior, but the reboot musical just made #1 with $18.million.
With both debuting on Dec. 25, their initial weekend showings present the non-holiday audience at the multiplex. More to a box office point, the two period pieces will join recent weekender toppers “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” ($84.8 million), “Rise of the Guardians” ($7.4 million) and “Lincoln” ($7.2 million).
None of the latter partnering with a titular comic books series.
Django Unchained is under the pen of producer Reginald Hudlin, best known in television directing “The Bernie Mac Show”; Eddie Murphy’s hit-count of romantic-comedies “Boomerang”; rap-influenced film heights being the “House Party” franchise.
Hudlin openly belies estrangement from comic books. He is amongst the ranks of filmmaker and comics pro with pronouncing accomplishments within those mediums. Black Panther culminates his stand out series that has effected comics canon to date with the marriage of X-Men Storm to Avenger and King of fictional T’challa, the Black Panther
Long-time comics star, with up-to-date count recognition from Uncanny X-Men (Marvel), Gen 13(Image), mod Justice League (DC) and cameos in some of the gold-boss titles, Jim Lee provisions the cover art for the film adapted series. The co-publisher who is co-responsible for uprising DC Comics icons to peak commercial sales and enthusiast’s interest draws the covers for DC’s imprint Vertigo.
With a star queue of Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Christopher Waltz, “Django Unchained” chances to pop and ring the New Year contending about the top three ongoing film rankings.