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UPDATES ‘Avatar’ Now #2 All-Time Grossing Movie
UPDATES ‘Avatar’ Passes $1B Worldwide And $352M Domestic

avatar2 narrowSATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Guess what? Twentieth Century Fox’s 3D Avatar is still #1 in North America and overseas. The studio says it took in $13.3M domestic Friday, down -48% from New Years Day, and $21.2M Saturday for a hefty $48.5M weekend that’s only -29% down from last Fri-Sat-Sun. That’s four #1s in a row for James Cameron’s big budget technopic which hasn’t happened at the box office since The Dark Knight in July 2008. Its domestic cume is now $429M, passing 2009’s highest grossing pic Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and its $402.1M. says later this week Avatar will be first IMAX Hollywood feature to cross $100M in global receipts. The studio announced that Avatar made another $143M at the international box office this 4th weekend from 14,839 screens in 111 countries. That’s up 4.5% from the 3rd weekend, raising its foreign cume now to $906.2M. Its worldwide cume is now $1.335 billion, 2nd only to that other Cameron epic Titanic‘s $1.843B (not adjusted for inflation or 3D’s higher ticket prices). “It’s kind of like Usain Bolt breezing in the quarterfinals of the Olympics 100M — stretching out a lead but with no real competition,” one Fox exec exulted. The big question now is whether Denzel Washington’s Book of Eli can knock it off next week.

youth-in-revolt-poster-2Nothing released today was even in the same sports stadium. Hmm, sneaking a release into the first week of January used to be a good strategy over the last few years. But not if faced with a worldwide juggernaut that became the No. 2 highest grossing movie of all time in just 20 days. (The record hasn’t been adjusted for ticket prices of inflation.) So Lionsgate opened the vampire film Daybreakers, which came in a distant but still decent #2 Friday after its trailer’s views grew 113% this week for first place. Although the film is getting good buzz, it fell to #4 after Saturday. Universal’s debut of the romantic comedy Leap Year barely cracked the Top 5 during its first day of release Friday, then fell out to #6 Saturday. And The Weinstein Co’s rebel without a clue Youth In Revolt showed life with its Friday debut despite its modest run.

Here’s the Top 10:
1. Avatar (20th Century Fox) Week 4 [3,422 Theaters]
Fri $13.3M, Sat $21.2M, Wkd $48.5M, Cume $429M
2. Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,626 Theaters]
Fri $5.1M, Sat $7.3M, Wkd $16.6M, Cume $165.1M
3. Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squealquel (Fox) Week 3 [3,641 Theaters]
Fri $3.4M, Sat $8M, Wkd $16.3M, Cume $178.1M
4. Daybreakers (Lionsgate) NEW [2,523 Theaters]
Fri $5.8M, Sat $5.5M, Wkd $15M
5. It’s Complicated (Universal) Week 3 [2,955 Theaters]
Fri $3.2M, Sat $4.9M, Wkd $11M, Cume $76.3M
6. Leap Year (Universal) NEW [2,511 Theaters]
Fri $3.3M, Sat $3.9M, Wkd $9.1M
7. Blind Side (Warner Bros) Week 8 [2,880 Theaters]
Fri $2.2M, Sat $3.3M, Wkd $7.7M, Cume $219.1M
8. Up In The Air (Paramount) Week 6 [2,218 Theaters]
Fri $2M, Sat $3.2M, Wkd $7.1M, Cume $54.7M
9. Youth in Revolt (The Weinstein Co) NEW [1,873 Theaters]
Fri $2.7M, Sat $2.5M, Wkd $7M
10. Princess And The Frog (Disney) Week 7 [2,620 Theaters]
Fri $950K, Sat $2.2M, Wkd $4.5M, Cume $92.4M

Limited Runs
Invictus (Warner Bros) Week 5 [1,340 Theaters]
Fri, Sat $785K, Wkd $1.71M, Cume $33.5M
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Sony Classics) Week 3 [552 Theaters]
Fri, Sat $701K, Wkd $1.7M, Cume $2.1M
Nine (Weinstein Co) Week 4 [1,060 Theaters]
Fri $469K, Sat $676K, Wkd $1.6M, Cume $16.8M 
The Young Victoria (Apparition) Week 4 [476 Theaters]
Fri $301K, Sat $514K, Wkd $1.1M, Cume $4.5M
3 Idiots (Big Picture) Week 3 [135 Theaters]
Fri $134K, Sat $261K, Wkd $540K, Cume $5.5M
Precious (Lionsgate) Week 10 [408 Theaters]
Fri $130K, Sat $200K, Wkd $460K, Cume $44.3M
Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [33 Theaters]
Fri, Sat $200K, Wkd $435K, Cume $1.2M
Brothers (Relativity/Lionsgate) Week 6 [428 Theaters]
Fri $120K, Sat $160K, Wk $380K, Cume $28.2M
A Single Man (Weinstein Co) Week 5 [48 Theaters]
Fri $89K, Sat $158K, Wkd $358K, Cume $2.2M
Broken Embraces (Sony Classics) Week 8 [101 Theaters]
Fri $90K, Sat $152K, Wkd $345K, Cume $2.2M
The Road (Weinstein Co) Week 7 [207 Theaters]
Fri $72K, Sat $106K, Wkd $247K, Cume $7.3M
Crazy On The Outside (Freestyle) NEW [74 Theaters]
Fri $21K, Sat $28K, Wkd $68M
The White Ribbon (Sony Classics) Week 2 [5 Theaters]
Fri $12K, Sat $20K, Wkd $48K, Cume $168K
Pyarr Impossible (Yash Raj) NEW [29 Theaters]
Fri $14K, Sat $18K, Wkd $44K
Lovely Bones (Paramount) Week 5 [3 Theaters]
Fri $10K, Sat $10K, Wkd $35K, Cume $444K
In Search Of Memory (Icarus) NEW [1 Theater]
Fri $3K, Sat $3K, Wkd $8K