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AVATAR Wins Sixth Weekend

Cameron's Avatar poised to bypass Titanic on Monday.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 24, 2010

James Cameron's AVATAR bypassing his Titanic for the box office record books.
© Bob Trate


New theatrical competition or not, nothing can seem to touch James Cameron’s Avatar. With Cameron’s latest film winning its sixth weekend in a row, the sci-fi epic is poised to make box office history on Monday to go along with its previous record-breaking accomplishments, some of which were made this weekend. The film pulled in another $36 million, a record for a sixth weekend performance, and bypassed Dark Knight’s $533.3 million tally to become the 2nd all-time domestic earner of all time. After this weekend’s victory, the 20th Century Fox release has $552.7 million in domestic receipts.
Avatar also won the international race by pulling in another $107 million from 11,800 screens in 111 markets. The latest foreign numbers has the film’s foreign gross at $1.288 billion, another record since it finds itself passing Titantic’s previous record foreign gross of $1.242 billion.
The latest numbers, both domestic and foreign, has Avatar at $1.836 billion worldwide. That’s just $7 million shy of the Titanic global take of $1.842 billion. And it means by Monday night there will be a new worldwide champion in the box office history books.
Once it takes down that feat, the only notable major record left is Titanic’s domestic record of $600.7 million. That’s an accomplishment which can certainly be achieved by February.
As Maniac Hanso would say, Avatar owns the box office record books, son. And speaking of Hanso, check out his 5 Possible Plots for Avatar 2.
Sony Screen Gems also had a decent debut with their apocalyptic look at Legion, with the film taking down the 2nd place spot by grossing $18.2 million in its first three days of release. With the producers keeping the budget down to only $26 million, it’s a certainty this will be a profitable release for the studio.
Following in 3rd place is Warner Bros.’ The Book of Eli. Expanding on its 2nd place debut last weekend, the film dropped a spot but still pulled in a respectable $17.0 million in receipts on 3,111 theaters across the nation. After just 10 days of release the film has a domestic cume of $62.0 million. The budget is set at $80 million.
20th Century Fox also debuted Dwayne Johnson’s latest family comedy The Tooth Fairy, which took down the 4th place spot with $14.5 million. The film had the most theatrical distribution of the top ten films this weekend, with it showing in 3,344 theaters so the middle of the road debut has it averaging $4,336 per showing. The price tag for the film is set at $48 million.
And landing in 5th place is Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones which dropped two places in its second weekend of wide release and grabbed another $8.8 million. The latest numbers has increased its domestic tally to $31.6 million. It will need to double that and more to reach its $65 million budget.
Check out the numbers before the rest of the top ten. Notable achievements include Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel overtaking the $200 million mark with its latest numbers and Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes nearing that mark as well.

$36.0 mil
$552.7 mil
$18.2 mil
$18.2 mil
The Book of Eli
$17.0 mil
$62.0 mil
The Tooth Fairy
$14.5 mil
$14.5 mil
The Lovely Bones
$8.8 mil
$31.6 mil
Sherlock Holmes
$7.1 mil
$191.5 mil
Extraordinary Measures
$7.0 mil
$7.0 mil
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
$6.5 mil
$204.2 mil
It’s Complicated
$6.1 mil
$98.6 mil
The Spy Next Door
$4.7 mil
$18.7 mil

Yet more competition next weekend but can Mel Gibson’s return to acting in Edge of Darkness stop Avatar from winning its seventh weekend in a row? We shall see.
Stay tuned Maniacs. Same Bat time. Same Bat channel.
Friday, January 29, 2010 Releases:
Edge of Darkness (3,000+)
When in Rome (2,200)
Falling Awake
Off and Running
Saint John of Las Vegas
The Weathered Underground


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Miner49er 1/24/2010 6:02:42 PM

Avatar owns son!

axia777 1/24/2010 6:39:49 PM

Talk about a monster.  Some how I really doubt that Avatar will ever be beaten in the box office till Avatar 2 comes to town.  Holy sh*t that is a huge ass pile o cash!  The studio must be drolling like a starved man staring at a hunk of prime rib over the idea of making Avatar 2, 3, 4, 5 and more. 

dbrock06 1/24/2010 6:41:59 PM

Is there any Studio at this point not willing to give Cameron a blank check for any project he wants to do at this point?

Chris Beveridge 1/24/2010 6:51:52 PM

 To some extent he's always had that blank check since Titanic... 

invisage 1/24/2010 7:06:31 PM

I think the big question now is... where does it end?

Whats everyones predictions for domestic and international now? Im thinking $650 Domestically and 2.5 for International. And yes I just pulled these figures out of thin air!

biganimefan84 1/24/2010 7:40:36 PM

Actually Jarrod, there is another notable record breaking spot that Avatar could easily reach.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there hasn't been a movie yet to make $2 billion world-wide.

samson 1/24/2010 7:41:18 PM

Truth be told, this doesn't surprise me. People seem to really like this movie and many are seeing it two or three times.

I'm a little bummed that Extraordinary Measures didn't open better. I've met the family that inspired the film and it truly is a great American story.

Finally saw Book Of Eli. Not bad. And very enjoyable. Plus, it helped me shut a friend up. He's always complaining about there not being any mainstream movies depicting Christians in a favorable light. Got to love those Conservative Christians.


almostunbiased 1/24/2010 8:09:54 PM

Had a feeling it would destroy Legion.  I almost went and saw it again, but no time.  Oh well I will be buying it when ever it comes out on Blu-ray.  Can't wait for 3d without glasses.

JarrodSarafin 1/24/2010 8:37:30 PM

That's very true, biganimefan84. I mean notable records held by a previous movie in the statement above but there are definitely notable "marks" that Avatar can reach before it ends its theatrical run. Being the first $2 billion worldwide earner of all-time is certainly one of them.


DarthDuck 1/24/2010 8:44:20 PM

That's it, its up to Iron Man 2 to stop AVATAR.

Seriously, this is incredible.  I never thought we'd see anything like The Dark Knight happen again.  It was such a perfect storm around that movie and I believe nothing would ever again come close.  It's hard to describe how crazy impressive this really is.

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