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Box Office Breakdown: Christmas Carol Wins, Precious Soars

Disney's A Christmas Carol

We’re still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but theatergoers already have Christmas on their minds.

, the umpteenth version of the Charles Dickens tale, brought the story back to life with a visual rendition. Robert Zemeckis’ latest holiday creation earned over $30 million, surpassing Polar Express’ open by $7 million. Although the Jim Carrey film didn’t come close to its reported $180 million budget, Carol still has weeks to go before Avatar takes over 3D screens.

Meanwhile, a film with no bells or whistles made an impact just outside the Top 10. , Sundance’s Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize winner, broke a record while in limited release. The 12th place entry averaged a whopping $104,025 this weekend over only 18 theaters. That’s the largest per screen average for any film opening in more than 10 locations.

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A Christmas Carol Comes to London

Jim Carrey at London's Christmas Carol premiere

wouldn’t want to travel through time.

The Hollywood funnyman - who was in London’s Leicester Square last night for the world premiere of his latest film , based on the Charles Dickens story - has revealed he wouldn’t want to revisit his past or see into the future even if he had the chance.

“There are some important physicists who now are telling us that all time is happening only once. So I think now is a good time,” he said.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 6, 2009

Precious

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Box (PG-13): starring James Marsden, Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella (directed by Richard Kelly)
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG): starring Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Gary Oldman (directed by Robert Zemeckis)
  • The Fourth Kind (PG-13): starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton (directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (R): starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges (directed by Grant Heslov)

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Comic-Con News: Batman Back in 2011

Batman

might have have been on this year’s Comic-Con schedule, but it easily became a hot topic.

At Friday’s panel for , Gary Oldman was asked about the superhero franchise. The actor, who played Police Commissioner Gordon in the first two films, got the crowd buzzing with his response.

“We start shooting next year,” Oldman revealed. “Which means the movie won’t come out for another two years.” Uh, did he just say what we think he said? “But you didn’t hear it from me!” he added.

Sorry, Gary—but we heard you loud and clear.

Read More | LA Times

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: July 7, 2009

Knowing DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Beau Geste: DVD
  • The Deep: Blu-ray
  • Grumpy Old Men: Blu-ray
  • Iron Maiden: Flight 666: Blu-ray
  • Knowing: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lonely are the Brave: DVD
  • Night Train: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Nursery University: DVD
  • Push: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Trail of the Lonesome Pine: DVD
  • The Unborn: DVD, Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 2, 2009

Defiance DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Air Force One: Blu-ray
  • Anaconda: Blu-ray
  • Bruce Almighty: Blu-ray
  • Defiance: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Eddie Murphy: Delirious (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD
  • Fletch: Blu-ray
  • Glory: Blu-ray
  • The Graduate: Blu-ray
  • He’s Just Not That Into You: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Inside Man: Blu-ray
  • Navy Seals: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Gran Torino Expands to a Win

Gran Torino

He may have lost out to Bruce Springsteen last night, but Clint Eastwood was still a big winner this weekend. After 4 weeks in limited theaters, the 78-year-old’s film became the top movie in wide release.

Eastwood’s directorial project not only pulled in $29.4 million over the last three days ($40.5 million to date), it outranked the vehicles from Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Will Smith. also earned the best per screen average of any charter in the Top Ten.

Despite opening on approximately 600 more screens than the first place finisher, #2’s grossed nearly $4000 less per theater. The Kate Hudson-Anne Hathaway comedy also averaged less than #3’s The Unborn.

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Getting Into Character: Jim Carrey as Scrooge

Jim Carrey as Scrooge

It was only a matter of time before someone redid the classic tale of Scrooge…and who better to take on another persona than ?

Later this fall, Disney’s version of A Christmas Carol will come to you in 3-D. The film written and directed by (Beowulf) was shot entirely with performance capture technology.

Carrey, who plays the central character of Ebenezer Scrooge, also stars as the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Meanwhile, (The Dark Knight) will pull triple-duty as Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim.

A Christmas Carol opens November 6, 2009.

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 9, 2009

The Unborn

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 18, 2008

Mamma Mia!

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