2012 Soars to Top Spot

Apocalypse flick does $65M as 'Precious' cracks top 5
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2009 1:23 PM CST
In this film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures/Sony, Lily Morgan, left, and John Cusack are shown in a scene from "2012."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures/Sony, Joe Lederer)
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(Newser) – Apocalypse preview 2012 raked in $65 million domestically at the weekend box office, the high end of the prerelease estimate range, en route to a $225 million haul worldwide. The doomsday action flick handily beat A Christmas Carol, which performed strongly in its second weekend in release. A new entry in the top 10 was No. 4 Precious; the indie sensation did $6.1 million and will open in more locations next week, USA Today reports. The top five:

  1. 2012, $65 million
  2. A Christmas Carol, $22.3 million
  3. The Men Who Stare at Goats, $6.2 million
  4. Precious, $6.1 million
  5. Michael Jackson's This Is It, $5.1 million