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A Christmas Carol bumps This is It

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Christmas wins box office!

In a stunning move, Disney's A Christmas Carol defeated Michael Jackson's This Is It at the box office this past weekend.

A Christmas Carol raked in $31 million whereas This Is It took home half that with $14 million. Robert Zemeckis' 3-D representation of A Christmas Carol certainly meant audiences were in the mood for a little yuletide cheer despite being early November. When you combine Jim Carrey with the $200 million budget and family demographic Carol targeted, the $31 million debut equated to the number one spot and should not surprise.

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Although Michael Jackson's This Is It came in second and earned less than half as its first place counterpart leaving many to say that the concert documentary is a one-hit wonder. That is, once you see it you don't necessarily go to see it again and again. Although the documentary hasn't done as well in America as industry insiders had anticipated, it has already earned $200 million worldwide, thereby suggesting Jackson's international star power has not waned.

Since Michael Jackson's This Is It had a limited engagement which has now been elongated so the next few weeks we can anticipate it coming in the top five hits again. As for third place, The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Fourth Kind finished at $14 million and $13.3 million, respectively. Goats stars an A-list cast of characters such as George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. The Fourth Kind stars Milla Jovovich and relied on a viral marketing campaign to promote its thriller. As for fifth place, another viral showstopper, Paranormal Activity, took in $8.6 million.

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