What's Next, A Black President?

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | December 13, 2009 |

In fourth place, you've got your glitter vamps (New Moon - $8 million); fifth, your Scrooges (A Christmas Carol -- $6.9 million); sixth, your war vet love triangle (Brothers -- $5 million). Seventh place went to the end of the world with 2012 ($4.4 million), eighth place went to the end of the world with Old Dogs (also $4.4 million), ninth place went to the best B-movie out there with Armored (not great, but fun; $3.5 million), and tenth place went to the worst B-movie out there with Ninja Assassin ($2.7 million).

Up in the Air added over 50 screens to take eleventh place with $2.5 million; expect this to expand steadily through Christmas. The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson's (misguided) adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel, opened with $116,000 at three locations, earning the weekend's highest per-location average with $38,000; it won't go wide until January 15th, as Paramount wants to keep things focused on Up in the Air as the Film of the Moment. And down in fourteenth place, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox quietly outgrossed his The Darjeeling Limited, and I must once again encourage you to seek it out while you can. Trust me, the black princess is gonna be around for a while.

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