Entertainment behind the scenes
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.
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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.