For the fourth weekend in a row, 20th Century Fox’s Avatar is the highest grossing film in release. The James Cameron-directed 3D sci-fi epic grossed an estimated $48.5 million from a slightly reduced 3,422 theaters (-39). Avatar now holds the top 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends of all-time and is now the highest-grossing film released in 2009 (beating Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) with its domestic cume standing at an estimated $429.04 million (#7 all-time).
Avatar was even more impressive, however, overseas where it added another $143 million (an amazing increase of 4.5% over last weekend’s $136.8M). Together with its overseas cume ($906.2M), Avatar is at a extraordinary $1.335B worldwide (2nd all-time).
The top five was filled out by holdovers Sherlock Holmes (est. $16.61M / est. $165.178M cume) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (est. $16.30M / est. $178.184M cume), newcomer Daybreakers in fourth place with a solid estimated $15.0M and week three of It’s Complicated with an estimated $11.007 million (est. $76.37M cume). Head on over the jump for more numbers and analysis.
Avatar‘s weekend breakdown is: $13.275M on Friday, $21.25M on Saturday and a Sunday projection of $14.0M.
The film is now within just $171.748M of Titanic‘s domestic record ($600.788M) and continues to have a good shot at both passing that and yes, even Titanic‘s worldwide mark ($1.843B). I estimate that the film will close its run at somewhere between $575-625M domestically and potentially be at over $2B worldwide (domestic and overseas).
Here’s a look at the Avatar vs. The Dark Knight chart I’ve been updating since release [click to enlarge]:
After a peak spread of $101.658M, the gap between the two features (on a daily basis) is now just $12.563 million. I’ll begin posting Avatar vs. Titanic charts within the next few days.
Rounding out the new releases, Universal Pictures’ Leap Year was sixth place with an estimated $9.165 million, while Youth in Revolt (from Weinstein/Dimension Films) took ninth place with an estimated $7.0 million. The top 10 was rounded out by seventh place finisher The Blind Side with an estimated $7.75M (est. $219.197M cume), Up in the Air in eighth place with an estimated $7.1M (est. $54.7M cume) and The Princess and the Frog in 10th place with an estimated $4.7M (est. $92.6M cume).
Weekend estimates follow below.
|Change from Last Weekend||Theaters|
|3||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||$16,300,000||-53.7%||3,641|
|7||The Blind Side||$7,750,000||-34.9%||2,880|
|8||Up in the Air||$7,100,000||-33.8%||2,218|
|9||Youth in Revolt||$7,000,000||NEW||1,873|
|10||The Princess and the Frog||$4,700,000||-52.2%||2,620|