Box Office: '2012' kills, 'Precious' amazes - Featured

Nothing like a good disaster movie to bring in a lot of coin at the box office. At least that was the case this weekend with Roland Emmerich's end-of-the world tale 2012 which took in an estimated $65 million stateside and an additional $160 million overseas. The John Cusack thriller brought in more than its $200 million budget in its opening weekend, a huge win for Sony Pictures. Add in the spectacular limited release reign of Precious and the weekend was a solid one even if it couldn't surpass last year at this time when Sony's Quantum of Solace was top dog on the list.

In second place was Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009), which despite opening softly last weekend, held up well in its second weekend in theaters, dropping only 26%. The Robert Zemeckis, CG-animated film grossed $22.3 million, with 14% of its tally coming from IMAX's 182 runs. Its total cume now stands at $63 million. Third place belonged to the George Clooney-starrer The Men Who Stare at Goats. Dropping an estimated 51% from last weekend, the film grossed an additional $6.2 million, putting its ten-day cume at $23 million.

Fourth place was Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, which continues to have one of the most astounding limited-release runs in box office history. Adding 156 theaters to its teeny opening weekend run, the Lee Daniels-directed film earned $6 million this weekend, for an incredible per-screen average of $35,000. The movie has earned close to $9 million in only two weeks in release.

Top 10:

1. 2012 - $65M

2. A Christmas Carol (2009) - $22.3M

3. The Men Who Stare at Goats - $6.2M

4. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - $6.1M

5. This Is It - $5.1M

6. The Fourth Kind - $4.7M

7. Couples Retreat - $4.3M

8. Paranormal Activity - $4.2M

9. Law Abiding Citizen - $3.9M

10. The Box (2009) - $3.2M

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Nov 16, 2009 9:59PM EST

2012 was ok, that is if you can get past the fact that there is no way the main characters would not of died 75 different times during the movie, but other than that its a fun movie.

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Nov 17, 2009 5:59PM EST

at least 75 times but i loved it

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