Christmas Comes Early

'Precious' shatters record for per-location average
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2009 1:38 PM CST
In this film publicity image released by Disney, Ebenezer Scrooge, voiced by Jim Carrey, is shown carrying Tiny Tim, voiced by Gary Oldman, in a scene from "A Christmas Carol."   (AP Photo/Disney, ImageMovers Digital LLC)

(Newser) – The stop-motion version of A Christmas Carol topped the weekend box office, opening with a $31 million haul. The figure is a slight disappointment, on the low end of the projected range for the family-friendly flick, reports Variety. The Michael Jackson documentary This is It lost 40% off last week's chart-topping opening, raking in $14 million. Buzz machine Precious opened at just 18 locations and broke the record for per-location average with total ticket sales of $1.8 million.

The top five:

  1. A Christmas Carol, $31 million
  2. Michael Jackson's 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