Box Office: Disaster Porn Rules the Planet

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Who says there’s no profit in blowing up the world a billion times over? Don’t tell Roland Emmerich that. The German director has blown up, imperiled, or invaded the Planet Earth at least a half dozen times in his career, and his latest, the mother of all disaster epics “2012″ crashed, demolished, and mass murdered the global population on its way to a $65 million domestic box office debut (and $225 million worldwide). Set in the year 2012, when it is believed that the Mayan Calender will predict the end of the world, the $200 million dollar movie stars John Cusack as an Everyman turned superhero who somehow always manages to survive one mega disaster after another. Danny Glover plays the President who is, no doubt, too old for this shit.

Last week’s #1, the Jim Carrey animated “A Christmas Carol” humbugged its way to second place with another $22 million, giving it a two-week total of $63 million. Considering the film’s $200 million price tag, it doesn’t look like it’ll be a very merry Christmas at studio Buena Vista. The rosier outlook belongs to Lionsgate Film, whose “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” expanded into 174 screens in its second week of release, giving the movie a two-week total of $8.9 million so far. Made for a moderate $10 million, and further widening on the horizon, the film is poised to easily turn a profit, thanks to some muscle behind the film’s promotion.

With “2012″ preparing to dominate the box office, there were five counter-programming competitors scattered throughout the weekend. The more notable of the bunch, the George Clooney-voiced Wes Anderson film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” tested the waters in four screens to the tune of $260,000, good enough for an impressive $65,000 per screen average. Clooney’s other film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” continues its under the radar run at #3, taking in another $6.2 million in its second week. The military satire has made $23 million so far.

Of the new films, Focus’s “Pirate Radio” opened in 882 screens, managing a meager $2.9 million in its debut. That put the period comedy out of the Top 10 at #11. Three other new films brought up the rear: “The Messenger”, “Uncertainty”, and “Dare”.

Meanwhile, the low-budget horror movie ” Paranormal Activity” officially surpasses $100 million in box office receipts in its eighth week of release, though it looks like film may finally be running out of steam. Despite being in 2,712 screens, its highest visibility yet, the film was down 49.3% from last week’s receipts.

Box Office Top 10 (via):

# TITLE WEEKEND RECEIPT TOTAL BOX OFFICE
.1 2012 $65,000,000 $65,000,000
.2 A Christmas Carol (2009) $22,325,000 $63,289,000
.3 The Men Who Stare at Goats $6,200,000 $23,376,000
.4 Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire $6,090,000 $8,915,000
.5 Michael Jackson’s This Is It $5,100,000 $68,211,000
.6 The Fourth Kind $4,744,000 $20,588,000
.7 Couples Retreat $4,253,000 $102,133,000
.8 Paranormal Activity $4,200,000 $103,847,000
.9 Law Abiding Citizen $3,932,000 $67,326,000
.10 The Box $3,185,000 $13,206,000

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