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A Christmas classic wins the Box Office derby

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It’s a little early for me to be getting into the Christmas mood, but that was not the case for ticket buyers at the nation’s movie theaters. Disney’s new version of “A Christmas Carol” scored the biggest haul at the Box Office this weekend, collecting somewhere around $31 million, to become the number one film in the country. This 3-D take on the Charles Dickens holiday tale of redemption stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and as the three ghosts who visit the bitter miser on Christmas Eve.  

“Michael Jackson’s This Is It” documentary got bumped from the top spot and landed in second place with around $14 million. In two weeks, this behind the scenes look at the late popstar rehearsing for a series of London concerts has earned close to $60 million in the U.S. The international total for the Jackson’s film has soared past a $100 million.

The new film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” debuted in third with about $13.3 million. The movie is a comedy about the U.S. Military research into the use of psychic powers. George Clooney stars along with Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges.

 Another new movie, “The Fourth Kind” debuted in fourth place about $12.5 million. It’s a sci-fi thriller about alien abductions and stars Milla Jovovich. Rounding out the top five, the highly successful scary film, “Paranormal Activity” with $8.6 million.

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