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Tuesday Box Office (12/29/2009): Avatar ($18.291M) Passes $250M Domestic; Alvin 2 ($12.532M) Passes $100M, Sherlock Holmes 3rd With Est. $10.24M

Avatar held steady on Tuesday as it passed the $250 million mark domestically with an impressive $18.291 million.  That’s a decline of just 5.8% from the day prior and an incredible increase of 13.7% from the Tuesday prior. Coupled with last Tuesday’s performance ($16.086 million), Avatar now holds the 2nd and 3rd biggest non-opening Tuesday grosses.

Standing at $250.42 million domestically (and an updated $726.613 million worldwide), Avatar is tied for fifth-fastest in hitting the $250 million domestic mark, doing so in just 12 days.  It also tied a record for most consecutive days at $10 million or above — tied with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — and has a very good chance at breaking the tie tomorrow.

Rounding out the top three, the kid-friendly Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel passed the century mark with a solid $12.532 million ($100.218 million cume), while Sherlock Holmes finished slightly behind in third place with an estimated $10.24 million ($83.82 million cume).  Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Rank Movie Tuesday Gross Percent Change from Monday Theaters
1 Avatar $18,290,628 -5.8% 3,456
2 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $12,532,035 +3.6% 3,700
3 Sherlock Holmes (estimate) $10,240,000 -8.5% 3,626
4 It’s Complicated $4,273,105 +0.0% 2,887
5 The Princess and the Frog $3,364,477 +9.5% 3,475
6 The Blind Side (estimate) $2,980,000 +6.0% 2,766
7 Up in the Air (estimate) $2,226,000 -1.7% 1,895

Source: Box Office Mojo