Sorry, American's didn't exactly love this movie. It made about 18 million in America opening day and was behind 2 other movies. The complaint appears to be the fact they didn't use actors who could really do justice to singing the songs. It is a musical that was turned into a movie and the songs are an iconic part. Maybe the singing is just a personal preference, but movies here get one maybe 2 weekends to make back their money, if this doesn't do it, doesn't matter how good Anne acted, the movie will be considered a flop.
That's an absolute lie. Of course The Hobbit would top the box office this week, it was to be expected, but Les Mis topped the box office for 3 days in a row since its release on Christmas Day and has already made its money back.
Your $18m quoted was from the opening day, which by the way broke Xmas Day biggest opening record.
Gross $67m in its first 6 days (excluding international).