Box Office Besties: Did Disaster Beat Drama?

Mon, November 16, 2009 9:40am EST by Add first Comment


Precious made an impressive push in its second weekend.

The powerful drama — featuring highly praised performances from actresses Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe — was released in 156 more theaters, and raked in $6.1 million. That’s an average of $35,000 per screen! The Oprah and Tyler Perry-supported movie is being noted as one of the most phenomenal limited-release runs in box office history, and buzz is building about potential Academy Award nominations for the film’s stars.

But when it comes down to the almighty dollar, Precious was bested by big-budget blockbusters, coming in at No. 4 overall for the weekend. The apocalyptic thriller 2012 came in at No. 1 with a whopping $65 million! And proving it’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit, Jim Carrey‘s spin on A Christmas Carol held on to the No. 2 spot with $22.3 million, bringing its two-week total to an impressive $66.4 million. George Clooney‘s The Men Who Stare At Goats came in third with $6.2 million. Rounding out the top five was Michael Jackson‘s This Is It, which took in $5.1 million, making its grand total $67.2 million.

What did YOU see this weekend?