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'Carol' opens at No. 1, but 'Precious' hits a high note

The Jim Carrey movie gets off to a slow start, bringing in $31 million, while the film-festival favorite sets a record.

November 09, 2009|Ben Fritz

But Warner Bros.' thriller "The Box," which it co-financed with Radar Pictures and Media Rights Capital at a cost of $25 million, brought in just $7.9 million in its first weekend.

"Couples Retreat" achieved the rare feat of not declining at all from the previous weekend, as continued audience interest kept its ticket sales flat at $6.4 million.

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ben.fritz@latimes.com

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada:

*--* Movie 3-day gross Percentage Total Days in release change from (studio) (millions) last weekend (millions) 1 A Christmas $31 NA $31 3 Carol (Disney) 2 This Is It $14 -40% $57.9 13 (Sony) 3 The Men Who $13.3 NA $13.3 3 Stare at Goats (Overture/BBC/ Winchester Capital) 4 The Fourth Kind $12.5 NA $12.5 3 (Universal/Gold Circle) 6 The Box $7.9 NA $7.9 3 (Warner Bros./ Radar/MRC) 7 Couples Retreat $6.4 0% $96 31 (Universal/Rela tivity) 8 Law Abiding $6.2 -17% $60.9 24 Citizen (Overture/Film Department) 9 Where the Wild $4.2 -29% $69.3 24 Things Are (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/Legend ary) 10 Astro Boy $2.6 -25% $15.1 17 (Summit/Imagi) *--*

Industry totals

*--* 3-day gross Change Year-to-date gross Change (in millions) from 2008 (in billions) from 2008 $125 -12% $8.7 7.4% *--*

*--* Sources: Times research and Hollywood.com Box Office Los Angeles Times *--*

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