A Christmas Carol got an expensive, 21st century face-lift in 2009 with Robert Zemeckis incarnation of the Charles Dickens novel starring the voice of rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. Imax computer animation re-introduced the tale of a grumpy miser compelled to change his ways -- after a spellbinding visit from three Christmas spirits -- to a growing swath of fans whove grown up with the holiday classic. But despite a $200-million production budget, Zemeckis second 3-D motion-capture holiday film was a let-down, grossing $137 million at the domestic box office.
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