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Christmas Comes Early for Disney Again

By John Hamann

November 8, 2009

Scrooge tries out for the X-Games.

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Overture Films' second film in the top ten is Law Abiding Citizen, which has obviously attracted a small following. Law Abiding Citizen earned another $6.2 million and dropped a very small 17%. After opening the $55 million film to over $20 million, the Jamie Foxx/Gerard Butler effort has seen drops of 40%, 41% and now xx% - all of which are better than what was expected. Give Citizen a running total of $60.9 million so far.

Ninth goes to Where The Wild Things Are, which is now considered a one-weekend-wonder. Wild Things earned $4.2 million in its fourth weekend, dropped 29%, and has a total so far of $69.3 million.

Astro Boy managed to hold onto the tenth spot this weekend. The movie about a boy with a rocket in his butt earned $2.6 million this weekend, dropping 25%. The Summit Entertainment release has now earned $15.1 million.




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Finally this weekend, award-fave Precious opened strongly this weekend, despite being out to only 18 theatres. The Oprah Winfrey produced flick earned $1.8 million from those 18 screens, giving this one an out of this world venue average of $100,000.

Overall, the box office was off compared to last year, but not by much. The top 12 films last year were led by Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa, which opened to $63.1 million. The top 12 grossed a fantastic $127.7 million, setting the bar high for this year. With Disney's A Christmas Carol on top, the top 12 managed $110.6 million, giving this weekend in November the lowest top 12 total since Borat was on top in 2006. Next weekend things get blockbuster big at the box office, as Roland Emmerich's 2012 opens on more than 3,000 screens.


Top Weekend Box Office for 11/6/09-11/8/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Disney's A Christmas Carol Walt Disney Pictures $31,000,000 $30,051,075 0.0% $30,051,075
2 Michael Jackson's This Is It Columbia Pictures (Sony) $14,000,000 $13,157,944 0.0% $57,013,286
3 The Men Who Stare at Goats Overture Films $13,309,000 $12,706,654 0.0% $12,706,654
4 The Fourth Kind Universal Pictures $12,521,285 $12,231,160 0.0% $12,231,160
5 Paranormal Activity Paramount Pictures $8,600,000 $8,278,605 0.0% $97,108,475
6 The Box Twentieth Century Fox $7,855,000 $7,571,417 0.0% $7,571,417
7 Couples Retreat Universal $6,428,250 $6,129,045 0.0% $95,680,555
8 Law Abiding Citizen Overture Films $6,172,000 $6,003,737 0.0% $60,704,335
9 Where the Wild Things Are Warner Bros. $4,225,000 $4,177,249 0.0% $69,220,584
10 Astro Boy Summit Entertainment $2,588,000 $2,626,103 0.0% $15,110,804
11 Saw VI Lionsgate $2,000,000 $2,031,944 0.0% $26,252,386
12 Precious Lionsgate $1,800,000 $1,872,458 0.0% $1,872,458
  Also Opening/Notables
  La Danse Zipporah Films $14,000 $14,000 New $21,220
  Splinterheads $12,000 $10,515 0.0% $10,515
  Collapse Vitagraph N/A $7,800 New $7,800
  That Evening Sun Freestyle $8,912 $7,330 New $7,330
  The Boondock Saints II: All Saint's Day $430,821 $427,919 0.0% $1,244,450
  Gentlemen Broncos Fox Searchlight Pictures $34,868 $30,553 0.0% $48,271
  Amelia Fox Searchlight $1,800,000 $1,806,626 0.0% $11,346,336
  Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Universal Pictures $1,122,590 $1,143,905 0.0% $12,988,080
  The Stepfather Screen Gems $1,900,000 $1,800,133 0.0% $27,415,203
  Zombieland Sony (Columbia) $1,350,000 $1,295,685 0.0% $73,506,107
  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Sony/Columbia $1,350,000 $1,316,832 0.0% $121,027,663
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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