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FLOP, POP, FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: Disney’s ‘Carol’ Dethrones ‘This Is It’, ‘Precious’ Scores Big

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Disney’s A Christmas Carol kick started the holiday season into high gear, taking the number one spot at the box office this weekend. Before the movie’s release Robert Zemeckis told the LA Times:

Everybody likes a good ghost story, but we kept it light. Think of it as the Haunted Mansion version.

Audiences seemed to agree, as the effects heavy, 3D,  motion-capture animated version of Charles Dickens‘ classic novel took in $31M. The film marks a bittersweet victory for Disney’s recently ousted studio head Dick Cook, who oversaw the production of the animated pic, and other upcoming titles such as Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, Tron Legacy, McG‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and new installments of Toy Story and Cars.

This Is It held steady in second place, proving that the docu of Michael Jackson‘s final rehearsals for his never performed London shows is a draw for those outside of the late pop star’s loyal fanbase. Considering the fact that it opened the same day that the Fort Hood massacre dominated the headlines, the numbers for Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor weren’t all that terrible. The military satire based on Jon Ronson‘s book about the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion opened in third place with $13.3M.

Nikki Finke reports that Precious, the indie drama produced by Oprah and Tyler Perry, which opened in limited release this weekend, is riding a wave of good buzz with phenomenal turnout at theaters in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The movie has garnered rave reviews, with most critics singling out performances by Mo’nique and Mariah Carey, who plays a makeup-less social worker. The pop diva said in a recent interview,

I had to lose all vanity. I had to change my demeanor, my inside, layers of who I am, to become that woman.

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1. A Christmas Carol (Disney), NEW, $31M

2. This Is It (Columbia), $14M, Cume $57.9

3. The Men Who Stare at Goats (Smokehouse), NEW $13.3M

4. The Fourth Kind (Focus), NEW, $12.5M

5. Paranormal Activity (Paramount), $8.6M, Cume $97.4M

6. The Box (Warner Bros.), NEW, $7.86M

7. Couples Retreat (Universal), $6.43M, Cume $96M

8. Law Abiding Citizen (Overture), $6.17, Cume $60.9M

9. Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros.), $4.22M, Cume $69.3M

10. Astro Boy, $2.59 (Imagine/Summe), Cume $15.1M

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