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Weekend Box Office (12/18-12/20): Avatar First Place With $77.025M [$241.6M Worldwide]

According to the final actual numbers, James Cameron’s Avatar grossed an impressive $77.025 million domestically, slightly below the December record of $77.21M held by 2007’s I Am Legend.

The film performed stronger overseas, tacking on an additional $164.546 million and bringing the film’s worldwide opening weekend number to $241.571 million (#9 all-time between The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – $250.0M and The Da Vinci Code – $232.1M).

Daily breakdowns were as follows:

  • FRI: $26.752M (including $3.537M from midnights)
  • SAT: $25.529M ($52.281M cume)
  • SUN: $24.744M ($77,025,481 cume)

Despite the inclement weather, the pic dropped a much better than expected 3% on Sunday.  That’s a strong indication that the film is benefiting from very good word of mouth.

Other notes:

  • Played in 3,452 theaters for a per-theater average of $22,313 — 2,023 theaters were 3D (of which 178 were IMAX)
  • Breaks IMAX record with $9.5M domestic, $4.1M overseas ($13.6M worldwide)
  • Biggest opening ever for a non-sequel, non-franchise film

Getting to the rest of the films for the 12/18-20 weekend, The Princess and the Frog dropped a worse than expected 49.7% for a $12.18M weekend ($44.72M cume), while the weekend’s only new release — the Sony comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? — flopped in fourth place with just $6.62M. Rounding out the top five, The Blind Side fell just 33% to third place with $10.02M ($164.73M cume) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon fell 44.6% to fifth place with $4.41M ($274.60M cume).  Head on over to Box Office Mojo to see the rest of the weekend box office list.

Source: Box Office Mojo