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AVATAR Wins Sixth Weekend

Cameron's Avatar poised to bypass Titanic on Monday.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 24, 2010

 

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.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
Avatar
$36.0 mil
3,141
$11,461
$552.7 mil
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2
Legion
$18.2 mil
2,476
$7,351
$18.2 mil
$26
3
The Book of Eli
$17.0 mil
3,111
$5,464
$62.0 mil
$80
4
The Tooth Fairy
$14.5 mil
3,344
$4,336
$14.5 mil
$48
5
The Lovely Bones
$8.8 mil
2,571
$3,423
$31.6 mil
$65
6
Sherlock Holmes
$7.1 mil
2,670
$2,665
$191.5 mil
$90
7
Extraordinary Measures
$7.0 mil
2,549
$2,746
$7.0 mil
$31
8
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
$6.5 mil
2,973
$2,186
$204.2 mil
$75
9
It’s Complicated
$6.1 mil
2,301
$2,690
$98.6 mil
$85
10
The Spy Next Door
$4.7 mil
2,924
$1,624
$18.7 mil
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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:
Wide
Edge of Darkness (3,000+)
When in Rome (2,200)
Limited
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.

Samson

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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