Christmas was a good day at the box office this year, with two of the new releases cracking the Top 5 holiday single day grosses. From the sound of it, a lot of tickets were sold online as Fandango is celebrating record-breaking sales. And in my own personal experience, I can't remember the last time I saw my local movie theater so packed with people.

There were a number of reasons to go to the movies yesterday, with The Hobbit currently in theaters, and Les Miserables and Django Unchained among the new releases. Earlier today we shared the reported box office takes for the new releases, which included Les Miserables winning the day with an $18 million haul for its opening day. Quentin Taratino's Django Unchained followed behind with an impressive $15.5 million.

Box Office Mojo has a chart that lists the top holiday single day grosses. For Christmas openings, Les Miserables and Django Unchained take spots 2 and 3 among the highest grosses, coming in behind Sherlock Holmes, which grossed $24.6 million on its Christmas release in 2009. On the chart that includes films that opened prior to Christmas but earned high box office grosses on Christmas day, Les Mis and Django come in 4th and 5th, behind Sherlock Holmes (1), Avatar (2) and Meet the Fockers (3). This year's releases bump Little Fockers (6) and Marley & Me (7) down on the list.

It's always worth taking inflation into account, though it's also worth noting that the top three movies on that list had a higher number of theaters than Les Miserables (2,808) and Django Unchained (3,010). There's a difference of more than 800 theaters between Sherlock Holmes and Les Miserables, which could have played a factor, especially if Les Miserables was selling out in enough of them.

Theaters being sold out may have been a deciding factor for what some moviegoers went to see last night. Sure, one could argue that Les Miserables and Django Unchained are very different movies, but I can't imagine that I'm the only person out there who's eager to see both of them. I opted for Django last night and as I mentioned, I was surprised by the lines at my local theater, which is rarely all that crowded. The showing before the one I was there to see was sold out when I purchased my tickets, and most, if not all of the seats in the theater were filled by the time the lights went down, so the one I attended may have eventually sold out as well. Had I known it was going to be that crowded, I might have bought my tickets online just to be safe.

That may have been the plan for a lot of people as Deadline reports that Fandango says they broke their 12-year company record for the most tickets sold in a single day, topping May 4th of this year when The Avengers opened and earned a whopping $80.8 million on its opening day. None of this year's Christmas releases came close to that in its opening day, but between their strong box office takes and presumably a higher number of people purchasing their movie tickets online, it seems Fandango benefited nicely from this year's Christmas releases.

What did you see on Christmas Day?

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