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Fandango sets new sales record on Christmas Day

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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.

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EW alum Dave Karger kicks off video series at Fandango

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DKargerBAffleck1logoDave Karger no longer works at EW, but that doesn’t make us mortal enemies.

We’re mortal enemies because I feel like a turnip in a bow-tie whenever I run into him at various Hollywood award season events. (Dude rocks a tux, what can I say?) But he’s also one of the smartest, wittiest, and nicest film journalists around — so I can’t really hold a grudge.

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for his AwardsWatch coverage at Fandango.com to become fully operational, and that day has finally arrived. After 17 years at Entertainment Weekly, we wish Dave well in his new gig and wanted to share details of his latest project with longtime readers here.

Right now, he’s kicking off The Frontrunners, a video series in which he sits down and not only interviews the people who made some of the best films of the year, but actually watches footage with them for off-the-cuff color commentary. The series will run right until the Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24, and begins with three separate sit-downs: Argo‘s Ben Affleck, The Master‘s Amy Adams, and Arbitrage‘s Richard Gere.

Click on over for a watch. You’ll be glad you did. Just be sure to come back. EW would miss you as much as we miss Dave.

'The Hobbit' outsells 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Skyfall' in online ticket sales

Peter Jackson just laid the smackdown on RPatz and James Bond.

Advance tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which doesn’t open in theaters until Dec. 14, went on sale on Wednesday, and if we’re speaking plainly, they crushed it. Sales for the film on Fandango accounted for 33 percent of all tickets sold that day on the ticket website, dethroning Breaking Dawn — Part 2, which had held the top spot since Oct. 1. Skyfall, the latest in the 007 franchise, placed second, with 31 percent of the day’s sales. The Twilight crew came in third, with 28 percent of the day’s take.

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