Box Office Results: ‘Christmas’ in November scores big

Studio Estimates for Nov. 6-8:

1.  A Christmas Carol – $31 million
2.  This Is It – $14 million
3.  The Men Who Stare at Goats – $13.3 million
4.  The Fourth Kind – $12.5 million
5.  Paranormal Activity – $8.6 million

6.  The Box – $7.9 million

The first weekend of November wasn’t exactly up to the hype that everyone expected, but the numbers that rolled in were still solid enough.  The Christmas Carol topped the box office with a slightly underwhelming $31 million.  According to Disney, 74 percent of its gross came from 2,045 3-D presentations, also including $4.5 million at 181 IMAX sites.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It was the runner-up film this weekend with $14 million, bringing its total gross to $57.9 million in 12 days.  Meanwhile, other new releases like The Men Who Stare at Goats ($13.3 million) and The Fourth Kind ($12.5 million) landed in the Top 5.  And the phenomenon that is Paranormal Activity is still collecting on its hype with $8.6 million, good enough for the fifth spot.

The Box just missed the Top 5 with $7.9 million.  The biggest news of the weekend was the limited release of Precious: Based on teh Novel “Push” by Sapphire.  In just 18 sites, the drama grossed $1.8 million.  That’s a $100,000 per screen average, which may have set a box office record.  Look for this powerful film to be in the early Oscar talks.

As for our predictions, this was a tough weekend for the Predictions Panel to guess.  Only Phil and I predicted A Christmas Carol to top the box office correctly.  Meanwhile, all of us (except for Sheehan) expected The Fourth Kind to do a lot better than it actually did.  Dan adn I were the only two who predicted all of the Top 5 movies correctly, but not in the right order.  As for our gross estimates, Phil edged barely edged me out but Phil’s prediction that The Box would make the Top 5 wound up causing him the title for this week.  The points ended up being:  Me (44), Phil (35), Dan (32), Sheehan (26).

Check back on Friday for our new predictions.  There’s only one major release:  the action/thriller 2012 starring John Cusack and a lot of CGI.  Also, Pirate Radio staring Philip Seymour Hoffman will hit under 1,000 theaters.

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