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‘Christmas’ A Box Office Winner

Christmas came (very) early for Disney this weekend as the studio's A Christmas Carol easily took the top spot at theaters. The 3-D remake of the Charles Dickens tale raked in $31 million, according to studio estimates from Nielsen EDI.

Though the film fell short of some analysts' estimates by $5 million, the animated tale starring Jim Carrey still did more than twice the business of any movie this weekend. And once again, 3-D flexed its muscle at the box office. Although fewer than half of the nation's theaters have 3-D capability, Carol earned about 75% of its business on 3-D screens.

Michael Jackson's This is It held up well from its debut, taking second place with $14 million. The concert film has earned a total of $57.9 million.

Precious, the hardscrabble drama expected to be an Oscar contender, did huge business in 18 theaters. It took in $1.8 million - or $100,000 a screen, more than 10 times the average for a new film.

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