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.
|Percent Change from Wednesday||Theaters|
|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|
|8||Did You Hear About the Morgans?||$0.660M||-36%||2,718|
|9||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||$0.392M||-57%||2,642|