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Did holidays, “Christmas Carol” come too early in Hollywood?
When Disney’s animated “A Christmas Carol” debuted over the weekend in U.S. movie theaters, it marked the beginning of Hollywood’s holiday season — the second most-trafficked period at theaters after the summer. But the movie failed to generate a huge amount of excitement with fans judging by its box office tally of $31 million. By contrast, last year’s animated film that opened on roughly the same weekend, Dreamworks’ “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” took in $63 million.
But does that spell “humbug” for “A Christmas Carol”? Maybe not.
(Video by Marc Price)
Fans might remember that the same scenario played out for 3-D adventure “The Polar Express” from the same director, Robert Zemeckis. Like “Christmas Carol,” “Polar Express” was an expensive, motion-capture animated movie, and it too opened in November to just over $30 million. At the time, that figure was deemed a disappointment by box office watchers, but the film kept on chugging along at box offices throughout the holidays. It eventually earned more than $180 million in total domestic ticket sales ($300 million worldwide) and has become something of a modern holiday classic.
Meanwhile, Oscar hopeful “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” also debuted over the weekend in a limited number of theaters, 18, to a whopping $100,000 per theater for a total $1.8 million. This dark drama about a young woman who must overcome a dismal urban life, is widely picked among Oscar watchers as an early awards favorite for the movie and for its two key actresses, newcomer Gabourey Sidibe and comic actress Mo’Nique. You can read about it here and here. And we asked fans about it, too, which you can see in the video above.