Robert Zemeckis pumped the Christmas spirit into US moviegoers a few weeks early, as A Christmas Carol led the box office with $31 million.
The new arrival moved Michael Jackson concert film This Is It down to second place with $14 million, but it's sill on track to become the top-earning music gig-based movie of all time.
The Men Who Stare At Goats launched to a decent but unspectacular $13.3 million, while The Fourth Kind abducted $12.5 million in, er, fourth.
Fifth place went to Paranormal Activity, which added $8.6 million to its total and will likely pass $100 million by the end of next weekend. There wasn't much good news for Richard Kelly's The Box -it could only manage a sixth place arrival and $7.8 million.
Here, then, the top 10 for the weekend…
[Data Source: Box Office Mojo ]
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