BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Avatar’ Sets Records with an Additional $68 Million Totaling $1 Billion Worldwide!

James Cameron ends the decade king-of-the-world once again as his 3D epic beats out ‘Sherlock Holmes’ at the box office.


1) Avatar - $68 million

2) Sherlock Holmes - $38 million

3) Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel - $36 million

4) It's Complicated - $18 million

5) The Blind Side - $12 million

6) Up In The Air - $11 million

7) The Princess and the Frog - $10 million

8) Did You Hear About The Morgans? - $5 million

9) Nine - $4.2 million

10) Invictus - $4.1 million

James Cameron had much to celebrate this New Year's weekend as his 3D outer-space epic Avatar continues to set records and earns another $68 million at the box office. The film, which was seen in 3,461 theaters made an average of $19,734 per theater for a weekend total of $68 million bringing its total gross over three weeks just north of $350 million. Much like Cameron's last feature film, Titanic did over a decade ago, Avatar crossed the $350 million mark in just 17 days and has now made $1 billion worldwide. The movie also set a new Near Year's Day weekend box office record with its earnings and had the highest third weekend gross for a movie domestically since Spider-Man in 2002. The film is on track to hit the $400 million mark by next weekend and surpass Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as the highest grossing film of 2009, as well as break into the Top 10 of highest-grossing (domestic) movies of all time. In hot pursuit, yet at second place again for a second week in a row, was the long awaited, Guy Ritchie adapted, film of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle novels, Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role along with Jude law as his partner Watson and Rachel McAdams. The film saw a drop of 38.5% this week but was still able to make $10,586 in each of its 3,626 theaters for a total of $38 million this weekend, which brings its total gross to just over $140 million in two weeks.

Children home from school for the holiday vacation probably helped Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, a sequel to the popular 2007 film starring the singing critters, which stayed at number three for a second week in a row. The film, which was seen in 3,747 theaters made $9,768 per theater for a weekend total of roughly $36 million, bringing the films total take in just two weeks up to a healthy $157 million. Coming in at fourth place again this week, for a second week in a row was the Nancy Myers' directed, romantic-comedy It's Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. The film, which was seen in 2,897 theaters made roughly $6,455 per theater for an additional $18 million this weekend, making its total gross around $59 million in two weeks on the charts. The only change in the top five from last week comes from the movie The Blind Side. The Sandra Bullock football film (that just won't seem to die) pushed its way back into the top five this week and by doing so surpassed the George Clooney film Up In The Air making another $12 million this weekend bringing the film's total gross to just over $209 million, well beyond its $29 million budget.

Doing well in limited release this week was the late Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus directed by film visionary Terry Gilliam. The movie, which was only seen in four theaters made a decent $32,750 per theater for a total of $131,000 in its second week bringing it's total gross in two weeks to around $349,000. Also doing very well in limited release this week is the German film White Ribbon, which made $20,433 in each of its three theaters for a weekend total of $61,300 and a total gross of $87,200. Finally, director Peter Jackson's, The Lovely Bones, based on the beloved book of the same name, made $21,667 in each of it's three theaters this week for a total of $61,300 making its total box office take so far around $383,000.

Next week will see the beginning of the 2010 film year start off with a bang with the release of the vampire film Daybreakers starring Ethan Hawke, Sam Neil and Willem Dafoe. Also being released next week is the coming-of-age comedy Youth In Revolt starring Michael Cera, Ray Liotta and Zach Galifinakis and the romantic-comedy Leap Year starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. Also in limited release next week are the films Crazy On The Outside starring Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer and Sigourney Weaver and Wonderful World starring Matthew Broderick. Check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.

Avatar was released December 18th, 2009 and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Laz Alonso. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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Comments (61)

  1. Johnnyblaze09

    (Hehe) Still hanging on this one? Me too! Checked every daily results, still impressive as a matter of fact. So far from other releases either old or new.

    5 years agoby @johnnyblaze09Flag

  2. thetonysmith

    Hell YES: $422 million in U.S. so far, $900 mil foreign and $1,331,140,000 worldwide.

    5 years agoby @thetonysmithFlag

  3. the Narrator

    Lol. Someone compared the two of them I guess due to their amazing effects by Weta. Anyways, of course this is bigger money wise. And Peter Jackson is not a main stream director with a family household name. He still needs to prove himself to some, although I have no idea why. James Cameron is famous for being a huge ,money maker as well as an slightly egotistical director who gets things done. I can't name a single f his movies that was truly and completely original, but what he does do is movie magic. We shouldn't compare the two directors who are different. The biggest thing they have in common is the fact Jackson and Spielberg will incorporate this technology into their Tintin films.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. Warhawk613

    How did King Kong come up is beyond me lol but Avatar is better (money wise)

    5 years agoby @warhawk613Flag

  5. -comrade-

    EPIC. WIN.

    and Newkill can't say boo.

    Fine, you think King Kong was better (though it was overdrawn as hell), but Peter Jackson still strains to get WETA funding while Studios will bend over backwards before James Cameron even has to say anything.

    At the very least, it's a more successful movie.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  6. the Narrator

    I'm with Insert, on how Kong was better. It was both emotionally charging, had better acting and character development, and of course high octane action. Avatar was good though. I highly enjoyed it. But saying its the best movie of the year to me is a bit too far fetched. I guess audiences disagree. Glad its making money, but if it passes Return of the King I might sh*t a brick, due to my opinion of LOTR. That's just me.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  7. Shadow Of The Day


    5 years agoby @asifFlag

  8. Warhawk613

    guidotkp3 Avatar is still in my town's threater and it's still making money here

    5 years agoby @warhawk613Flag

  9. T.Clark

    btw, it's far from the worst movie of the year. That's just you making a bold and bias claim to get a rise out of people.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  10. T.Clark

    King Kong could have shed 45 minutes, but it's still far more moving and enchanting than Avatar, no matter how many glowing jellyfish Cameron crams into it. Avatar, good. King Kong, better.

    Sorry for pressing the issue when King Kong really has nothing to do with this movie, but I had to put in my input.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  11. justinishulk

    Avatar will eventually become the highest grossing film in history. Avatar will beat out Titanic. It's inevitable. Titanic took over 8 months to get the $1.8 billion mark. Avatar will get there before Spring time. what you think?

    5 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  12. justinishulk

    well... guidotkp and your friends are very boring.... simple as that

    5 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  13. guidotkp3

    Avatar is a very boring movie. I like Cameron's movies, but this one is WAY off the mark! Glad you like it, I hated it, and am telling everyone how terrible of a film it is. I honestly have no idea why anyone likes this film. A few of my friends have also seen this movie, and they agreed with my review 100%.

    5 years agoby @guidotkp3Flag

  14. justinishulk

    yea i am with dcrock and if you hate James Cameron's movies, so why are you here??? get the hell out of here!!!

    5 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  15. dcrock

    If you don't like this movie you either hate James Cameron or sci-fi movies in general. I can't think of anyother reason.

    5 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  16. guidotkp3

    Well I DIS-Agree with the tonysmith. Movie sucked! Plain and simple. How it made it's money, is beyond me. Cameron's first film that I hated. People, learn to live with it. This movie sucked ass!

    5 years agoby @guidotkp3Flag

  17. porsche911lady

    Well i agee with the The Tony Smith

    5 years agoby @porsche911ladyFlag

  18. iatehisliver

    cool but it wnt pass 533 million

    5 years agoby @iatehisliverFlag

  19. guidotkp3

    Now that the holidays are over, and everything is back to status quo, movies will start to drop fast. Avatar will finish out it's run in the states at about $500 million. Which in my opinion is about 400 million more than this movie should of ever made.

    5 years agoby @guidotkp3Flag

  20. justinishulk

    Avatar is easily going to be the second highest-grossing film of all time!

    5 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  21. guidotkp3

    Plain and simple, I hated Avatar....Why can't you just let me have my opinion. The movie is over-rated!

    5 years agoby @guidotkp3Flag

  22. thetonysmith

    OH my effing GOD. If i hear one more blatantly slandering thing about Avatar i am going to go apesh*t on that person. This was a spectacular movie all around. I agree that the story wasn't the most original or The Best but it was still good. Besides if you look close enough even the very best movies have some major flaw because there are NO perfect movies. Why not judge it by its obvious strong points instead of finding flaws that are only exist in your very small group of morons undeveloped brains.

    5 years agoby @thetonysmithFlag

  23. Josh

    I don't think King Kong was better than Avatar. It was good, but Jackson, on the heels of LotR, tried to make an epic when he didn't need to, and Kong was a good half hour too bloated.

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  24. iamtheking21

    I think newkill changed his user ID to Comrade. I don't post much, but i get a kick out of reading his posts and arguments. He was way off the mark with this movie.

    5 years agoby @iamtheking21Flag

  25. menjr

    I remember reading on here about a week before Avatar was released Newkill predicted it would gross 50 million opening weekend max. Haven't really heard much from him since.

    5 years agoby @menjrFlag

  26. menjr

    Alvin and the chipmunks is better than Avatar? yeah, my 4 year old son thinks so too.

    5 years agoby @menjrFlag

  27. ed_wood

    I've seen it three times now and its just as good the third time. There were some people in line that I talked to that have seen it five or more times. Great movie.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  28. justinishulk

    i agree with Narzion (sequel is going to pass 2 billions-after all, it is james cameron)

    5 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  29. DareDevil

    people,whats wrong with you? what was so"NO" for avatar in your opinion ? the effects were awsome, never been seen before ,for cant expect a strong story line from a science fiction movies, come on, i mean,T2,starwars,LOTR.....what was so special and true about those stories ?? all finctional by the end of the day ,correct? its not about story when it comes to sci-fic movies, its all about how they make u feel into them. AVATAR is one of its kind and like it or not, its F...ING proving itself everywhere.Accept it or not, its awsome and its breaking all the ground breaking records in its early stage already. so get over it guys. appreciate the new trend in movie making,this might be a time to have the new ideas,new standards to set,new visions to share....a whole new specitcularly made movie busienss is gonna take a big turn here. whatever it is about AVATAR,but it is providing some new ground rules for sci-fic movies so appreciate it.

    5 years agoby @sunnyboy4uFlag

  30. justinishulk

    all i can say.... 3 letters WOW!!!!!

    5 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

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