Box Office Haul: ‘2012’ Wins, ‘Precious’ Surges 200%, ‘This Is It’ Sinks

Oh, hello! You’re still there? Excellent. Here’s your end-of-the-weekend, doused-in-the-mists-of-Ida box office round-up. It’s fairly predictable, with the most predictable development reflecting our fickle whims as American pop consumers. Meaning that with the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It sliding 60%, perhaps it’s time for all the king’s men to start pointing fingers at each other, lobbing jagged accusations like “You’re not faithful enough, I loved Michael more!” as they tear each other to shreds, devolving into pagan beasts of burden. On the sunnier side of things, Precious enjoys growth of about 225% this week, mostly because of a wider release. Also, 2012 made like a kajillion dollars and ranked at #1, so everyone will be talking about that tomorrow.

Well until Lady Gaga invariably appears on a talk show wearing a tankini fashioned out of crushed PBR cans and we start fixating on that instead. So that’s the bad, the good, and the best. The confusing, then? How Couples Retreat stays within the Top 10. Seriously, who keeps going back to see Vince Vaughn impersonate a potato? A full breakdown of the Top 10 (even more thorough recap here) plus some extras follow.

1. 2012 ($65 million) 2. A Christmas Carol ($22 million) 3. The Men Who Stare at Goats ($6.2 million) 4. Precious ($6.1 million) 5. This Is It ($5.1 million) 6. The Fourth Kind ($4.7 million) 7. Couples Retreat ($4.25 million) 8. Paranormal Activity ($4.2 million) 9. Law Abiding Citizen ($3.9 million) 10. The Box ($3.2 million)

Falling out of the Top 10: Astro Boy ($1.65 million) Triple-digit growth: Boondock Saints II ($1 million, +136%) and Halloween II ($52,000, +214%) Still hanging on: Amelia ($925,000) and The September Issue ($33,200)

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