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FLOP, POP, FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: Disaster Strikes The Box Office, ’2012′ Wipes Out The Competition

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Roland Emmerich‘s 2012 was a force to be reckoned with at the box office this weekend, racking in $65M for the top spot. It couldn’t come at a better time for Sony which posted $289M in losses for the last quarter. Profits for its motion picture division have fallen 30% over the past year even with a slate of solid performers like District 9, The Ugly Truth and Julie and Julia.

Despite the opening weekend numbers, it remains to be seen whether Sony will come out on top with Emmerich’s latest. With an estimated budget of over $200M, 2012 may have already reached its peak earning potential.

The real test will be to see how it performs when Twilight, which, according to Nikke Finke, has the highest advance ticket sales of any movie ever, rolls out next week. Either way it won’t do any worse than Emmerich’s last movie, 10,000 B.C. which still managed to make over $100M, despite getting the worst reviews of that year.

Audiences eager to get into the Christmas spirit contributed to a stellar second week for Disney’s A Christmas Carol. The 3D computer animated pic held steady, dropping less than 7% from last week, for second place. Precious, which opened in wide release this week, is also doing phenomenal business. Positive word-of-mouth and support from Oprah and Tyler Perry were all factors that contributed to a fourth place finish. Its $6M total was enough to overtake This Is It, which seems to be losing steam in its third week in release.

1. 2012 (Columbia), NEW $65M
2. A Christmas Carol (Disney) $22.3M, Cume $63.3M
3. The Men Who Stare At Goats (Smokehouse) $6.2M, Cume $23.4M
4. Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (Lionsgate) $6.09M, Cume $8.91M
5. This Is It (Columbia) $5.1M, Cume $67.2M
6. The Fourth Kind (Focus) $4.74M, Cume $20.6M
7. Couples Retreat (Universal) $4.25M, Cume $102M
8. Paranormal Activity (Paramount) $4.2M, Cume $104M
9. Law Abiding Citizen (Overture) $3.93M, Cume $67.3M
10. The Box (Warner Bros.) $3.91M, Cume $13.2M

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