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The $61 million budget film grossed an additional $16,117,000 over the Jan. 4-6 weekend, pushing it to a total of $103,605,000 million in the U.S. The soundtrack also placed No. 1 on the Billboard Soundtracks chart during its first week of release.
Penned by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer for the stage, and adapted by screenwriter William Nicholson, Les Misèrables was the highest-grossing film in American cinemas on its Dec. 25 release, earning $18 million its first day. It was the second-highest Christmas Day opening in U.S. box-office history since "Sherlock Holmes" in 2009.
Worldwide, the film has already taken in $170,705,000, according to boxofficemojo.com.
Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman (The Boy From Oz) stars as Jean Valjean, the musical's protagonist who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread — forever branded as prisoner number 24601 — escapes and creates a new life for himself in 1800s France. Oscar winner Russell Crowe ("Gladiator") plays Inspector Javert, who relentlessly pursues the ex-convict.
Original stage Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, plays the pivotal role of the Bishop of Digne in the picture. Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine in London and on Broadway, also makes an appearance in the film.