Friday Box Office: Massive 2012 Quake Rocks Multiplex


Roland Emmerich has once again wrung a blockbuster out of the apocalypse, as 2012 blew out all projected estimates with a fantastic Friday gross over $23 million. That cast a pretty lengthy shadow over virtually all the weekend competition with the notable exception of Precious, which continued last week's dominating performance with $2 million on only 174 screens. That was good enough for third place right below Disney's A Christmas Carol, which slid a not-too-bad 37 percent off its opening weekend pace. George Clooney's Men Who Stare at Goats was not so lucky. Check out that and the rest after the jump.

2012: $23,300,000 (new)

DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL: $5,600,000 ($46,600,000)

PRECIOUS: $2,000,000 ($4,800,000)

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS: $1,900,000 ($19,100,000)

THE FOURTH KIND: $1,700,000 ($17,600,000)

THIS IS IT: $1,500,000 ($63,600,000)

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: $1,500,000 ($101,100,000)

COUPLES RETREAT: $1,400,000 ($99,300,000)

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN: $1,200,000 ($64,600,000)

THE BOX: $1,100,000 ($11,100,000)


  • SunnydaZe says:

    [loud gigantic explosion]

  • HassanE says:

    The Movie 2012 is truly awesome. This is really an eye-opener to all of us, on what would happen years from now if we continue to abuse our nature. Comparative between good and bad of movie reviews and box office performance do not always correlate. Just like The Fourth Kind and The Box were both shot to pieces by critics, and neither raked in the cash. Also, this last weekend was proof positive. For instance, the number one at the box office, Disney's new take on A Christmas Carol. It got the best of reviews, and the worst of reviews – giving it about a 50/50 on like/dislike with critics. The Men Who Stare at Goats got about the same, though its box office haul wasn't as big.

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