Weekend Wrap-Up

2-D Princess Dominates Pre-Avatar 3-D Weekend

By John Hamann

December 13, 2009

Wait! I belong in Peter Pan!

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Disney's A Christmas Carol drops one spot to fifth this weekend, but it's not much of a drop. The Jim Carrey flick earned $6.9 million in its sixth weekend, which is down only 11% from last weekend's take of $7.8 million. There's trouble brewing in Disneyland, though, as Avatar is going to dominate 3-D screens next weekend, which means A Christmas Carol could get crunched. So far, the $200 million Robert Zemeckis tale has earned $124.5 million.

Finishing sixth is Brothers, last weekend's biggest opener with $9.5 million. This weekend, the Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal flick earned $5 million, and was down 48% from its opening frame. Brothers is a $26 million effort from Lionsgate, and has a cume so far of $17.4 million.

2012 finishes seventh this weekend, as the Roland Emmerich disaster porn effort is now in its fifth weekend. 2012 earned $4.4 million this frame, dropping 35%. The $200 million Sony effort has now earned $155.3 million at the domestic box office, but that's not where the story is. 2012 has earned over a half a billion dollars from overseas grosses, as this one should see $750 million globally.

Eighth goes to Old Dogs, the John Travolta/Robin Williams 'comedy'. Old Dogs had a much better frame this weekend than last, as the previous weekend delivered a devastating 59% drop. This weekend, Old Dogs earns a measly $4.4 million, but at least drops only 36%. The $35 million Disney release has now earned $40 million, and won't be a disaster for the Mouse House.


Armored finishes ninth after opening in seventh for Screen Gems last weekend. Armored earned a poor $3.5 million in its second frame and drops 46%. The $20 million heist film has now earned $11.7 million.

Finally in tenth is Ninja Assassin. The action film earned $2.7 million and falls 46%. Ninja Assassin has now earned $34.3 million against a $40 million budget.

Finishing just outside the top ten is George Clooney's Up in the Air, as word-of-mouth really heats up for this awards contender, despite being on only a handful of screens. Up in the Air earned $2.5 million from only 72 venues, giving it a stellar average of $34,028. Expect to hear a lot about this one in the weekends ahead.

Overall this weekend, the box office compared to last year was just a tough stronger. Last year, with The Day Earth Stood Still on top with an opening take of $30.5 million, the box office took in $82.3 million. This year, with The Princess and the Frog on top, the box office took in $89.3 million. It's all about next weekend now, as we look forward to Avatar dominating the box office as it hits over 3,000 venues. The counter-programming option will be Did You Hear About The Morgans? with Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/11/09-12/13/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney Pictures $25,000,000 $24,208,916 +3137.7% $27,088,786
2 The Blind Side Twentieth Century Fox $15,540,000 $15,055,258 - 24.9% $149,816,797
3 Invictus Warner Bros. Pictures $9,085,000 $8,611,147 New $8,611,147
4 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $8,000,000 $7,960,394 - 48.4% $267,320,977
5 Disney's A Christmas Carol Walt Disney Pictures $6,871,000 $6,837,190 - 11.9% $124,426,097
6 Brothers IFC Films $5,000,000 $5,014,426 - 47.4% $17,416,217
7 2012 Paramount $4,400,000 $4,351,565 - 35.7% $155,288,405
8 Old Dogs Walt Disney Pictures $4,396,000 $4,409,772 - 36.0% $39,996,273
9 Armored Screen Gems (Sony) $3,500,000 $3,504,374 - 46.2% $11,750,895
10 Ninja Assassin Warner Bros. Pictures $2,710,000 $2,707,440 - 46.5% $34,304,761
11 Up in the Air Paramount $2,450,000 $2,394,344 +102.7% $3,982,627
12 Planet 51 Sony/Columbia $2,300,000 $2,267,038 - 48.3% $37,142,406
  Also Opening/Notables
  A Single Man The Weinstein Company $216,328 $217,332 New $217,332
  The Lovely Bones DreamWorks $116,000 $116,616 New $116,616
  The Slammin' Salmon N/A $26,167 New $26,167
  Everybody's Fine Miramax Films $2,235,000 $2,194,210 - 43.0% $7,327,877
  The Road The Weinstein Company $497,710 $505,878 - 32.5% $4,012,327
  Me and Orson Welles $176,192 $154,754 +290.9% $321,429
  Fantastic Mr. Fox 20th Century Fox $1,400,000 $1,396,148 - 52.2% $16,258,464
  Precious Lionsgate $1,250,000 $1,280,550 - 43.9% $38,282,489
  Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Apparation $780,148 $793,393 New $8,475,017
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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