Monday Morning Box Office Report: A Christmas Carol Conquers, The Box Bombs


Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey managed to climb their way to the top of the box office this past weekend with their retelling of A Christmas Carol. Audiences responded despite the seemingly early holiday release, and although the opening weekend didn’t quite live up to expectations, it will probably continue to steadily make money over the next two months. Michael Jackson’s This Is It dropped to #2 but still made $14 million, while The Men Who Stare At Goats and The Fourth Kind weren’t far behind. Paranormal Activity fell to #5. Disappointing news for Richard Kelly as his latest film The Box had a pretty lacklustre weekend, earning just $7.8 million, perhaps due to the fact that it was a difficult movie to market. The biggest story, however, appears to be the indie film Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, which opened at #12 but it made $1.8 million on just 18 screens — the 12th highest per-screen average ever. This is definitely looking like it will continue to build major awards buzz leading up to the Oscars next year.

1. A Christmas Carol — $31M
2. This Is It — $14M
3. The Men Who Stare at Goats — $13.3M
4. The Fourth Kind — $12.5M
5. Paranormal Activity — $8.6M
6. The Box — $7.86M
7. Couples Retreat — $6.43M
8. Law Abiding Citizen — $6.17M
9. Where the Wild Things Are — $4.22M
10. Astro Boy — $2.59M

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  • AlexG

    i hate “audiences”…