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Avatar Wins Christmas Eve With $11.325M; Alvin 2 Second With 8.05M

According to preliminary studio estimates, Avatar pulled back to the top of the box office on Christmas Eve, nabbing $11.325 million (down 31% from Wednesday — $16.445), pushing its domestic tally to $137.27 million.  The film is closing in on $400 million worldwide (current worldwide figure is $392.95 million).

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel finished in second place with an estimated $8.05 million (down 57% from its opening day — $18.801 million).  It’s domestic total stands at $26.85 million.

The Avatar number is the biggest ever for a Christmas Eve — and ‘Alvin 2′ now has the second best Christmas Eve on record and continues to point towards an incredibly impressive 1st place second weekend for the well-received sci-fi film.  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King previously held the record for Christmas Eve, but Avatar easily bested it (Tuesday, December 24, 2002: $7.79M), even when adjusting for inflation.

You can see my predictions for the weekend here.

Thursday numbers are posted below.

Rank Movie Thursday Gross
(Estimates)
Percent Change from Wednesday Theaters
1 Avatar $11.325M -31% 3,542
2 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $8.05M -57% 3,656
3 Up In The Air $1.752M +1% 1,895
4 The Blind Side $1.535M -30% 3,407
5 The Princess and the Frog $1.446M -41% 3,475
6 A Christmas Carol $0.891M -9% 1,736
7 Invictus $0.710M -11% 2,125
8 Did You Hear About the Morgans? $0.660M -36% 2,718
9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $0.392M -57% 2,642
10 Brothers $0.240M -43% 1,714

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Deadline Hollywood and Box Office

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