A Christmas Carol Tops the Box Office


The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Walt Disney Pictures’ A Christmas Carol topped the box office with an estimated $31 million from 3,683 theaters, for an average of $8,417 per theater. Written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the motion capture fantasy adventure featured the performances of Jim Carrey in multiple roles. The film reportedly carried a budget of about $175 million.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It dipped just 39.7% in its second weekend, adding $14 million in second place for a total of $57.9 million. Internationally, the Sony release has reached $128.6 million and its worldwide sum stands at 186.5 million.

Overture Films’ The Men Who Stare at Goats opened in third place with $13.3 million from 2,443 locations. Made for about $25 million, the Grant Heslov-directed comedy stars George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.

Milla Jovovich thriller The Fourth Kind debuted in the fourth spot, making $12.5 million from 2,527 theaters. The film was released by Universal Pictures.

Paramount’s Paranormal Activity added another $8.6 million in its seventh weekend to bring its impressive total to $97.4 million. Written and directed by Oren Peli, the supernatural thriller cost less than $15,000 to make.

Warner Bros.’ The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella, opened in sixth place with $7.9 million. The Richard Kelly film was made for $25 million.

The biggest success story of the weekend was Lionsgate’s release of Lee Daniels’ award-winning Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire in 18 theaters where it earned $1.8 million. That’s an amazing $100,000 per theater, a new record for films opening in 10 or more theaters! “Precious” will be expanding wide on November 20th.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.