2. “A Christmas Carol” ($22.3 million)
3. “The Men Who Stare At Goats” ($6.2 million)
4. “Precious: Based On The Novel ’Push’ By Sapphire” ($6.1 million)
5. “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” ($5.1 million)
The world may have ended in “2012,” but Roland Emmerich’s disaster epic is just getting started at the box office. The John Cusack-starring film finished its opening weekend in theaters in first place with a walloping $65 million domestic intake. But moviegoers beyond American borders came out in full force for the end-of-days flick, giving “2012” a massive $225 million total worldwide.
Emmerich’s film cost a hefty penny to produce, of course, and while the global total for “2012” is sure to help things along, there is still work to be done should Sony want to see a significant profit on their product — a task made all the more difficult by the impending release of some small film about shirtless vampires and werewolves. Nonetheless, Sony can proudly carve another notch in their belt as “2012” takes its place as the studio’s eighth first place finisher of the year.
Second place went to Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol,” the 3D motion capture film starring Jim Carrey in multiple roles, including the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge. The film earned $22.3 million by Sunday’s conclusion, bringing its total to $63.3 million — a number already topped by the similarly budgeted “2012” in its first weekend. But with the holiday season fast approaching, “A Christmas Carol” could remain a fixture in the box office top five in the weeks to come.
“The Men Who Stare At Goats” and “Precious: Based On The Novel ’Push’ By Sapphire” ended the weekend in third and fourth place with $6.2 million and $6.1 million respectively, though the fact that “Precious” managed that result in only 174 theaters is worth a serious round of applause. “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” rounded out the top five with $5.1 million, pushing “The Fourth Kind” from its Friday evening fifth place slot to a final sixth place finish.
And no, you’re not imagining things — for the first time since the second weekend of October, “Paranormal Activity” finished outside of the top five with a $4.2 million eighth place finish. Still, the fact that the movie managed over $100 million in ticket sales with a shoestring budget of $15,000 is reason enough to call “Paranormal Activity” a resounding success, top five or not.
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