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.
1. 2012 - $65M
2. A Christmas Carol (2009) - $22.3M
3. The Men Who Stare at Goats - $6.2M
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