Though “Walt Disney’s A Christmas Carol” was the clear winner at the box office over the weekend- taking in just over 31 million dollars- it was the gritty urban drama “Precious” that ended up setting a record. The film grossed an astonishing 1.8 million dollars with only 18 runs in the United States. That number averages out to just about $100,000 per screen, a record for a film being shown in under 50 theaters. Starring Gabourney Sidibe, Mo’nique, Paula Patton and Mariah Carey, the film has been a fan and critic favorite at film festivals all over the country and is already being touted as an Oscar favorite.
Sapphire, the author of the book “Push” which “Precious” is based on, opened up to Entertainment Weekly recently about all the hoopla surrounding the film and disclosed that both Brandy and Madonna were once names being thrown around to help bring her novel to life. The writer says she declined Madonna’s offer to produce the film because she didn’t think the “Material Girl” was the right fit, as well as an offer from another producer because he wanted to cast Brandy in the lead role- something Sapphire said almost made her hang up the phone on him.