A "Bah-Humbug" Weekend

Jim Carrey's and Robert Zemeckis' 3D animated movie, A Christmas Carol, easily took the top spot with just over $30 million. We'll see if it can recoup its reported $200 million budget in the weeks to come as it will probably stay strong in theaters for a while because of the way-down-the-road Holiday Season.

Meanwhile, Richard Kelly's The Box landed just outside the top 5 with almost $8 million.

And while Michael Jackson's This Is It has made just under $60 million domestically, it has already garnered over $186 million worldwide.

Weekend Estimates:
A Christmas Carol: $31 million ($31 million total)
Michael Jackson's This Is It: $14 million ($57.9 million)
The Men Who Stare at Goats: $13.3 million ($13.3 million total)
The Fourth Kind: $12.5 million ($12.5 million total)
Paranormal Activity: $8.6 million ($97.4 million)
There are quite a bit of movies heading to theaters this first of November weekend.

A Christmas Carol
Why it might be a hit: Classic Christmas tale remade in Robert Zemeckis' 3D style starring Jim Carrey.
Why it might tank: It's a little early for Christmas movies.

The Box
Why it might be a hit: Director Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko became a cult classic on DVD.
Why it might tank: The more I watch the commercial the less inclined I am to see it. Plus, Richard Kelly's last flick, Southland Tales, is one of the worst movies I've seen in a while.

The Fourth Kind
Why it might be a hit: Looks like a big studio shot version similar to Paranormal Activity.
Why it might tank: Paranormal Activity is still in theaters and doing well.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
Why it might be a hit: Off-beat comedy could manage some word of mouth buzz.
Why it might tank: Looks more like a good rental, than watching it in the theaters.

My Predictions
A Christmas Carol: $38 million
Michael Jackson's This is It: $14 million
Paranormal Activity: $11 million
The Fourth Kind: $10 million
The Men Who Stare at Goats: $10 million

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