'2012' Decimates The World In The Saturday Box Office Report

DESC1. "2012" ($23.5 million)

2. "A Christmas Carol" ($5.6 million)

3. "The Men Who Stare At Goats" ($1.95 million)

4. "Precious: Based On The Novel 'Push' By Sapphire" ($1.94 million)

5. "The Fourth Kind" ($1.8 million)

Moviegoers braved Armageddon on Friday night by confronting "2012," the Roland Emmerich-directed disaster epic. The film boasts some considerable star power such as John Cusack, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson and Amanda Peet, but "2012's" major draw has nothing to do with the acting and everything to do with the action of a world-ending calamity. Despite its subject matter, however, "2012" was anything but a disaster as shown by its whopping $23.5 million intake on Friday evening, with a likely weekend total of over $60 million.

"2012" represents a major success for Emmerich, whose previous effort "10,000 B.C." was a critical flop and managed only $94.7 million in the domestic box office. Emmerich's latest isn't exactly a critical darling — the film is boasting a 38% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — but the potential $60+ million weekend is a clear win for the filmmaker.

It's also a major win for Sony, as "2012" marks the studio's eighth first place finishing film of the year. Previous winners include "Zombieland" and "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs."

The rest of the box office contenders were miles behind "2012," with Robert Zemeckis' "A Christmas Carol" earning second place with $5.6 million. The film has only earned $46.6 million to date, not even a quarter of the film's $200 million budget.

Third place was a tight competition with "The Men Who Stare At Goats" barely edging out at $1.95 million. While "Precious: Based On The Novel 'Push' By Sapphire" earned slightly less at $1.94 million, the film is only playing in 174 theaters as opposed to the almost 2,500 theaters hosting "Goats." Fifth place went to "The Fourth Kind," the Milla Jovovich-starring thriller that earned $1.8 million.

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