If it’s November, it must be Christmas in Hollywood. Walt Disney Co.’s high-tech adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” topped the North American box office with lower-than-expected ticket sales of $31 million.


Industry pundits had forecast a three-day haul in the $35 million to $45 million range for the Jim Carrey vehicle, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis.


Last weekend’s champion, the Michael Jackson concert documentary “This is It,” slipped to No. 2 with $14 million, taking its 12-day total to $57.9 million. The foreign total for the movie rose to $128.6 million.


The top-10 contained three other new releases, led by George Clooney’s military comedy “The Men Who Stare At Goats” at No. 3 with a solid $13.3 million. It was followed by two thrillers: “The Fourth Kind” at No. 4 with $12.5 million and “The Box” at No. 6 with just $7.9 million.