LES MISERABLES Beats THE HOBBIT in First International Markets

LES MISERABLES Beats THE HOBBIT in First International MarketsThe big-screen adaptation of sweeping, epic musical LES MISERABLES was released in its first international markets this weekend: Japan and Korea. According to Deadline, Tom Hooper's film, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, has outperformed Peter Jackson's newly-released THE HOBBIT.

In Japan, LES MISERABLES took the number two spot in at the box office with $1 million at only 348 theaters. It was beaten by a local animated feature. THE HOBBIT took third, which was released last week, and SKYFALL placed fourth, having opened three weeks ago. LES MISERABLES has opened on par with MAMMIA MIA! in Japan, which went on to gross $465 million internationally.

In Korea, LES MISERABLES is also out-grossing THE HOBBIT, which is now 'paid previews' this weekend.

LES MIZ will open in North America, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain on Christmas Day, Australia on Boxing Day, and Hungary on December 27th. The film will be released to all other international markets on Jan. 11.

Getting ready for the Les Miserables movie Christmas Day premiere, star Anne Hathaway brings you her rendition of 'Feliz Navidad'. Watch below!

Under the direction of Tom Hooper, the film will star Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Russell Crowe as Javert, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thernardier, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier.

Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004. When LES MISERABLES celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by "Cats" in London's West End. In January 2010, The West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.

In addition to hosting the Oscars in 2011 and appearing in Batman: The Dark Night, Anne Hathaway's film credits include 'The Princess Diaries,' 'Brokeback Mountain,' 'The Devil Wears Prada,' 'Becoming Jane,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' and 'Rachel Getting Married,' for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.